The demonstrators that have challenged local police for 15 weeks on the streets of Hong Kong to protest changes in extradition laws – which have recently been reversed – are now dialing up the pressure. This weekend protesters approached the onramps to the Hong Kong International Airport but they were rejected and denied entry to public areas and thus had little impact on flights and movement of passengers. The HK Police have started to control their movements, at least to the airport and surrounding areas. Still clashes between protesters and police have remained, in some cases, violent and prolonged in the semi-autonomous territory.
But there are some changes that have impacted Hong Kong and the result is that the protesters are more assertive. After several lawmakers in the US Congress openly stated that they supported the protesters, the protesters have answered with a call for more support – the protesters are marching to the US Embassy in Hong Kong to encourage international support. Protests have been ongoing in different parts of Hong Kong and sometimes aggressive. In the Sha Tin new town area, protesters turned violent and chased police into a police control center and surrounded them until riot police arrived at which point several protesters were detained.