BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways (0293.HK) said it had suspended with immediate effect on Tuesday a second officer operating flight CX216 for misuse of company information, and had also commenced internal disciplinary proceedings. Clashes erupted between riot police in the evening after protesters seized a mainland Chinese man who they accused of being an undercover police officer.
The authority advised people not to come to the airport, one of the world's busiest transport hubs.
The protesters also found that Xu had received a message saying "Everyone to the second terminal building" on Wechat, a Chinese social media app.
"They committed serious violent crimes under public gaze, which is horrific and chilling".
The demonstrations have become more heated since the movement's peaceful beginnings 10 weeks ago, when hundreds of thousands of protesters in the semi-autonomous city marched against the government's proposal to change an extradition law that would allow individuals to be sent to mainland China for trial and prompting fears that China would use the proposed legislation to round up political dissidents. However, protesters want the bill officially withdrawn-which Hong Kong legislators have yet to do.More news: Reed ends title drought at US PGA Northern Trust
The huge social gulf between the handful of billionaires who dominate Hong Kong, economically and politically, and the vast majority of the city's population looms large.
"The government doesn't forbid Thais from going to Hong Kong because it is their personal right".
"Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong".
Authorities in Beijing on Monday described some of the violence as "terrorism", and state-run media this week began promoting videos showing security forces gathering in Shenzhen just across the border from Hong Kong.
Kasikorn Research Centre predicts that the protests in Hong Kong could negatively impact the 30,000 Hong Kong tourists expected to arrive in Thailand this week, leading to financial losses of 1.4 billion baht if the airport shutdown lasts all week.More news: Argentina’s peso, stock exchange plunge after President Mauricio Macri vote defeat
In a tweet, Hu Xijun, the editor of China's state-controlled Global Times tabloid, which has vociferously condemned the protests, confirmed the man was a journalist working for the paper.
"Everyone should be calm and safe!"
Speaking to reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Trump called the situation in Hong Kong "very tricky". "I hope nobody gets hurt".
"I hope it works out for everybody, including China", he told reporters, adding: "I hope it works out for liberty".More news: Partnership Between NFL and Jay-Z Reportedly in the Works