Hong Kong experienced a bigger chaos on Monday as a result of the ongoing protest.
The ravaging strikes Monday that brought pandemonium affected the city’s transport network, including Hong Kong International Airport, in the most ambitious day of demonstrations since the movement began in June.
So far, transport disruption was recorded on Monday as the day began with demonstrators disrupting major transit routes. Major subway lines were suspended or delayed as protesters blocked trains from leaving stations. Protesters also blocked roads and highways, including the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, a vital artery connecting Hong Kong island with Kowloon.
At the airport, more than 2,300 aviation workers joined the strike, leading to the cancellation of 224 flights. Unusually long queues were seen in the airport check-in hall throughout the day. Air space and runway capacity were reduced by 50% for all airlines, according to an airline’s internal memo.
As for direct action, protests took place in seven districts which are: Admiralty, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Tseun Wan, Wong Tai Sin, Mong Kok and Tai Po. Organizers also called for a general strike at Disneyland and the airport.
The various sectors on strike included teachers, lifeguards at beaches, security workers, construction workers — and almost 14,000 people from the engineering sector.
Security forces reacted as police fired tear gas. As till the afternoon wore on, clashes between protesters and police broke out across the city and police fired tear gas in five districts, leaving 24 people injured.
Concerning official response, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam gave her first press conference in two weeks, calling for an end to the violence. Police spokespeople also condemned protester violence.
In history, it has been recorded that Monday’s general strike is the biggest and believed to be the first of their kind since 1967, when a Chinese Communist Party-allied union instigated widespread labor protests.