Protests in Hong Kong are getting serious.
For a second straight day, demonstrators clashed with police officers at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
Protestors and police in riot gear and wielding batons locked horns, as throngs blocked the gates to the security and immigration areas, in scenes that have played out in Hong Kong over the past 10 weeks.
Although the U.S. markets were shaking off political implications of the conflict to head sharply higher on news of progress between the U.S. and China on trade, developments in Hong Kong, a major financial hub in Asia, could eventually rattle markets if problems there intensify.
Here are a few images and videos underscoring the intensity of clashes between demonstrators and police:
One video shows police entering the airport in force:
earlier on when more riot police tried to get into the airport terminal. #hongkongprotests
— Fion Li (@fion_li) August 13, 2019
Another shows a man apparently being arrested by police who are decked out in body armor and protective gear.
Standoff w riot police right outside airport too slow to send video rn pic.twitter.com/IIACYf8Rxz
— Rosalind Adams (@RosalindZAdams) August 13, 2019
Another video shows a police officer getting his baton taken and used against him. Subsequently, the officers appears to draw his weapon.
Police officer had his baton taken from him and was attacked with it. Drew his pistol and aimed at protesters. Astonished nobody killed here tonight. pic.twitter.com/Wox8yziDnz
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) August 13, 2019
A separate video via Sky News shows a throng of demonstrators detaining a man they