Hong Kong protests could push it ‘into the abyss’

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Hong Kong’s leader has said the territory has been pushed into a “state of panic and chaos” and could enter “the abyss” – as several thousand protesters again descended on the airport.

Carrie Lam appealed for unity after another weekend of riot police battling protesters on the streets.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters grounded flights at Hong Kong airport on Monday and the Chinese government said the unrest is now showing “sprouts of terrorism”.

Riot police again fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the weekend – even letting off rounds in an underground station and using plain-clothes police ‘snatch squads’ to detain troublemakers.

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