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HK airport obtains extension of protest injunction

Hong Kong's high court has allowed extension of an interim injunction obtained to restrict protests at the city's international airport.

The operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong, has disclosed the extension as anti-government protesters plan a weekend of fresh actions, including intentions to overwhelm transport networks leading to the airport.

Airport Authority was granted the original interim injunction order on 13 August, a day after protests led to an airport shutdown and forced the cancellation of all flights at the hub.

The injunction restrains protesters from "unlawfully and wilfully obstructing or interfering with the proper use" of the airport. The operator states that blocking roads connecting to the airport might constitute as such an act.

People are also barred from taking part in, or attending, "any demonstration or protest or public order event" at the airport other than areas the authority has designated, according to the injunction.

Those who fail to comply with the order may be held in contempt of court, and may face a jail term or a fine.

Airport Authority Hong Kong adds that it will carry on with access control, which prevents people without valid tickets or boarding passes, travel documents or staff passes, from entering the airport premises.

Hong Kong has, for the past two months, been hit by protests over the government's decision to introduce an unpopular extradition bill. It was later shelved, but protesters have demanded the full withdrawal of the bill and an investigation into the handling of the political crisis.

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