Hong Kong protest: 'Undercover police officer' seized by furious crowd - violence erupts

Riot police, armed with batons, shields and helmets, have arrived at the airport in attempt to clear the protestors. Horrifying footage shows the riot police beating people in the crowd and an eyewitness has said police were "absolutely ferocious". It has also been reported that protestors have surrounded a man they believe is an undercover police officer. He is being kept inside a circle of people and has been cable tied.

The man is said to be struggling for breath.

Sky news say the suspected plain clothes police officer has been "badly beaten up" and is in a "pretty bad way". 

A paramedic has just arrived at the scene.

Hong Kong Police Force have alleged that a vistor was assaulted at the airport and "besieged" protestors.

The force said the man needs "immediate medical attention" and has called for protestors to allow officers to reach them. 

They want to take the man to hospital and reiterated that it is not a dispersal operation.

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Riot police have stormed Hong Kong International airport (Image: Express)

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The protests at Hong Kong International airport are now in their fifth day (Image: Sky News)

It has been reported that police are using pepper spray against the protestors.

Sky's Stuart Ramsay has said the police's arrival at the airport was "absolutely ferocious". 

He said: "They weren’t messing about when they came in, that’s for sure. 

"They emerged, they came out really quickly and they were absolutely ferocious. 

"They were pumped up. They knew they had friends in a truck that was caught up – its wheels blocked by shopping trollies. 

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The man being held hostage is believed to be an undercover officer (Image: Sky News)

"They moved in and had to clear those out. And then the snatching started. 

"We saw a number of people being taken away. I saw three or four but it’s got to be at least double that."

Police cars continue to arrive at the scene as plain clothes officers started to take away protestors.

According to Sky, there is a specialist police unit of plain clothed officers who are identifying people of interest. 

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Protestors have reportedly surrounded a man they believe is an undercover cop (Image: Sky News)

Today marked the fifth consecutive day of protests at the busy airport, and saw a second day of suspended flights.

The pro-democracy protestors have barricaded the departure hall at Terminal 1 and the entire Terminal 2.

The protestors first filled up the arrivals hall and then began moving to the departures area, despite increased security measures designed to keep them out.

They then used luggage trolleys to blockade the doors to customs checkpoints. 

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Protestors appear to have the man cable tied (Image: Sky News)

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The riot police are wearing batons and have large shields (Image: Sky News)

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the ongoing instability, chaos and violence from pro-democracy protests have placed the city on a "path of no return."

Following the escalation, the European Union has urged “all sides” to exercise restraint.

In a statement, an EU spokesperson said: “In light of the continuing unrest and the increase in violent incidents in Hong Kong, it is crucial that all sides exercise restraint, reject all kinds of violence, and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.

“It is now more vital than ever to engage in a political process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders.”

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Riot police have come to disperse the hundreds of protestors (Image: Sky News)

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The riot police have been described as 'absolutely ferocious' (Image: Sky News)

Protests in Hong Kong began in June in retaliation to a bill which would allow extradition of its citizens to China.

The central government in Beijing characterised the protest movement posed an "existential threat" to local citizens.

The demonstrators have shown no sign of letting up on their campaign to force Ms Lam's administration to respond to their demands.

Such demands include that she step down and entirely scrap legislation that could have seen criminal suspects sent to mainland China to face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

Ms Lam has since refused and said dialogue would only begin when the violence stopped.


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