Hong Kong airport

HONG KONG – The Hong Kong International airport returned to its normal operations Wednesday after clashes between authorities and anti-government protesters who blocked the terminal hub for two consecutive days.

Hundreds of passengers line up at the departure hall while waiting for their new flight schedules.

Airport personnel cleaned up and graffiti was covered up with white sheets of paper.

Meanwhile, five protesters were arrested and two police officers were injured during Tuesday’s protest inside the airport that caused another cancellation of hundred flights to and from Hong Kong.

In a statement released early Wednesday, police said they condemned the protesters’ actions, calling them “radical and violent acts.” 

Police denounced the protesters who they said: “detained, harassed and assaulted a visitor and a journalist, inflicting physical and mental harm on them.”

The Chinese government rejected US Navy’s request for two ships to conduct port visits in the said region.

“The Chinese Government denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie, which were scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks,” according to Commander Nate Christensen, deputy spokesperson, US Pacific Fleet.