Clashes Erupt at Hong Kong Airport, Protesters Sing US National Anthem

City leader says recovery from demonstrations could take a long time

Months of protests in Hong Kong have given way to fighting in the airport, with police moving against the demonstrators, and getting pelted with water bottles. Flights have been suspended at the airport for the time being.

The halting of flights seems to have riled up some of people at the airport, while the government issued statements suggesting that the unrest in and of itself shows “sprouts of terrorism.

Hong Kong’s leadership is very uncomfortable with the protests, with Carrie Lam, the city’s leader, accusing the protesters of engaging in “lawbreaking activities in the name of freedom,” and warning the city’s recovery could take a long time.

Trump has called for calm, taking a hands-off approach. With Hong Kong protesters singing the US national anthem, and displaying the American flag, and China expressing concern about US involvement in the protests any direct appearance of US involvement would be risky to bilateral relations.

Apart from concerns about a return to normalcy after all these protests, the real question is what will happen next. Speculation is growing about China’s options to end the protests, and any severe crackdown is going to an international backlash. Chinese officials are clearly growing impatient with the protests, but are also aware that a violent crackdown would have consequences.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.