Ten dramatic images from the Hong Kong airport protests and clashes with police

Nicholas Wu

Protests at Hong Kong International Airport escalated for a second day, causing flights to be canceled at one of the busiest airports in the world. 

Two months ago, demonstrators took to the streets in opposition to a bill that would allow the extradition of people in Hong Kong to stand trial in Communist Party-ruled mainland China. 

Many Hong Kong residents feared that the bill would erode the civil liberties and political freedoms set up under a 1997 agreement that established an arrangement deemed "one country, two systems" that allows Hong Kong to operate as a semiautonomous region. 

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the bill would be suspended, but protesters want her to entirely withdraw the bill from consideration and step down from her post. 

She so far refused to negotiate with protestors. 

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President Donald Trump weighed in on the protests while talking to reporters on Tuesday. 

"The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. I hope it works out. I hope it works out for liberty. I hope it works out for China," he said, not explaining more. 

Here are ten images and videos from the clashes between protesters and police in Hong Kong: 

Policemen with batons and shields shout at protesters during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A Hong Kong policeman (C) falls backwards as they scuffle with pro-democracy protesters during ongoing demonstrations at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen in riot gears arrest a protester during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A medical staffer helps a detained man at Hong Kong International Airport who protesters claimed was a police officer from mainland China on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Protesters use luggage trolleys to block the walkway to the departure gates during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Policemen in riot gear arrest a protester during a demonstration at the Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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