Se­cu­rity forces act to put air­port out of bounds

The Australian - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL GAR­VEY HONG KONG

Hong Kong au­thor­i­ties moved to re­strict ac­cess to the city’s air­port last night in a bid to defuse the ten­sions that have spilled over into vi­o­lence and caused mas­sive dis­rup­tion in re­cent days.

Tough new se­cu­rity mea­sures in­tro­duced at the air­port late yesterday en­sured that the num­ber of protesters was well down on pre­vi­ous nights as au­thor­i­ties worked to avoid a third con­sec­u­tive day of brawl­ing and flight can­cel­la­tions.

Protest lead­ers apol­o­gised for the dis­rup­tions yesterday as they tried to re­verse a shift in pub­lic sen­ti­ment against the move­ment.

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