Hong Kong airport has resumed operations after a night of chaos which saw protesters clash with riot police, rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.
Reports say that aviation authorities have obtained a court order to remove protesters from the terminal, setting up a possible showdown with demonstrators later in the day.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday after protesters flooded the terminal buildings.
Police condemned violent acts by protesters overnight and said on Wednesday a large group had “harassed and assaulted a visitor and a journalist”. Five people were detained, police said, bringing the number of people arrested since the protests began in June to more than 600.
After days of disruptions, the Airport Authority said it had obtained a temporary injunction banning protesters from entering certain areas.
Hong Kong’s 10-week political crisis, which has seen millions of people take to the streets calling for a halt to sliding freedoms, was already the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain.