One of the world's busiest airports, Hong Kong's International Airport, canceled all flights Monday afternoon after thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupied the building. Hong Kong has experienced more than two months of mass demonstrations against police brutality and a controversial extradition bill.
Demonstrators flooded the airport's arrival and departure areas during the sit-in rally, stranding all travelers at the airport. Only flights that had already begun boarding or those cleared for landing were allowed to use runways at the airport.
"All other flights have been canceled for the rest of today," the airport statement said.
Here are eight incredible pictures showing the scale of the shutdown.
The Hong Kong airport says it will restart flights starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hong Kong protests: Pro-democracy protesters shut down airport