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These Intense Photos Show Just How Big Hong Kong’s Airport Protest Has Grown

Pro-democracy demonstrators, wearing bandages in solidarity with a woman reportedly shot in the eye with a beanbag round by police, occupied Hong Kong's airport for a fourth day Monday.

Posted on August 12, 2019, at 1:36 p.m. ET

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Medics treat a woman who received a facial injury during a standoff between protesters and police in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, Aug. 11.

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are adding eyepatches to their unofficial uniforms of black clothing, hard hats, and gas masks.

Many demonstrators who occupied Hong Kong International Airport for a fourth day Monday — leading to one of the world's busiest transport hubs canceling all flights — did so while wearing bandages or patches over their right eyes in solidarity with a woman who was reportedly hit with a beanbag round by police on Sunday.

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Anti–extradition bill protesters at the airport wearing eyepatches.

The woman was injured during intense clashes between protesters and law enforcement, during which riot police officers have deployed tear gas and charged at demonstrators in metro stations.

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A pro-democracy protester is held by police outside Tsim Sha Tsui police station on Sunday.

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was among those who tweeted a viral picture of the woman. The South China Morning Post reported she could lose her eye.

Last night’s escalation of violence - woman shot in eye, tear gas fired directly into mtr stations being noted in many of the signs here tn

However, at a press conference Monday, Hong Kong police said there was no evidence the incident was related to police action.

As well as wearing bandages covering their eyes, protesters who stayed at the airport Monday after being told to leave held placards with the words "an eye for an eye" on them.

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Hong Kong's international airport is one of the few places in the city where police have not tried to disperse protesters by deploying tear gas.

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Protesters in the departure hall of Hong Kong airport on Monday.

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Protesters on their way to the Hong Kong airport Monday, as passengers and employees were told to leave.

It was announced earlier today that all departures after 4 p.m. were canceled. Passengers have been asked to leave and airport employees told to go home. Flights are due to resume Tuesday.

I’m at the airport in Hong Kong where all outbound flights have been canceled.

By midnight local time however, protesters were still present at the terminal, albeit in reduced numbers.

Mass protests have taken place in Hong Kong for the last 10 weekends. They began in opposition to a proposed extradition law but have since morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement.

Rosalind Adams contributed reporting from Hong Kong International Airport.

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