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Hong Kong protests: Chaos as activists occupy terminal

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image captionProtesters held a mass sit-in inside the airport's departures lounge

Another day of pro-democracy protests has been held at Hong Kong International Airport, leading to flight disruptions and violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

Travellers arriving at the airport - one of the world's busiest - hoping to catch flights were met with blocked check-in desks, mass sit-ins and, later in the day, riot police.

Protesters appeared to use luggage trolleys to build barriers, preventing people from reaching their flights.

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Umbrellas - which have become a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement - were also used to block CCTV cameras monitoring the airport.

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Some protesters wore eye bandages in solidarity with an injured protester, and held banners criticising the deepening crackdown.

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Others held signs apologising to passengers for the inconvenience caused.

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But travellers appeared to get irate, as they struggled to reach their flights on time. Below, a woman attempts to pass her luggage on to security.

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Hong Kong airport officials eventually announced that all check-ins would be suspended.

Just before midnight local time (17:00 GMT) riot police stormed the airport.

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They were pictured using tear gas and batons in an attempt to disperse the protesters.

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Some protesters fought back during the clashes.

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One man was also injured during a scuffle with demonstrators after he was accused of being an undercover police officer for mainland China.

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