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‘This is terrorism’: China’s stark warning to Hong Kong protesters

Beijing's use of that word possibly paves the way for it to roll out the big guns, as airport is shut down

Greg Torode and Vimvam Tong

Hong Kong’s airport cancelled all flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruptions, while China said the anti-government protests that have roiled the city through two summer months had begun to show “sprouts of terrorism”.

The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6am on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances.

Some Hong Kong legal experts say official descriptions of some protesters’ actions as terrorism could lead to the use of extensive anti-terror laws and powers against them...

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