MANILA - Several flights to and from Hong Kong were canceled and rescheduled on Monday as pro-democracy protesters launched a city-wide strike to pressure embattled pro-Beijing leaders, authorities said.
As of 8 a.m., the following flights have been canceled, according to the Manila International Airport Authority:
PR 306 Manila - Hong Kong
PR 307 Hong Kong - Manila
PR 318 Manila - Hong Kong
PR 319 Hong Kong - Manila
CX907 - Hong Kong to Manila
CX906 - Manila to Hong Kong
CX919 - Hong Kong to Manila
CX918 - Manila to Hong Kong
CX903 - Hong Kong to Manila
CX902 - Manila to Hong Kong
CX935 - Hong Kong to Manila
CX934 - Manila to Hong Kong
CX912 - Manila to Hong Kong
CX939 - Hong Kong to Manila
CX976 - Manila to Hong Kong
5J112 - Manila to Hong Kong
5J113 - Hong Kong to Manila
Cebu Pacific said passengers affected by the canceled flights will be accommodated on a later flight within the day:
5J 114 Manila – Hong Kong (6:05 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.)
5J 115 Hong Kong – Manila (10:05 p.m. – 12:25 a.m.)
Budget carrier AirAsia meanwhile announced it is also rescheduling Manila-Hong Kong flights because of the strike.
Z21264 - Manila to Hong Kong
New departure - 17:05
New arrival - 19:30
Z21265 - Hong Kong to Manila
New departure - 20:00
New Arrival - 22:25
Hong Kong has witnessed 2 months of unprecedented protests and clashes triggered by opposition to a planned extradition law that quickly evolved into a wider movement for democratic reform and a halt to sliding freedoms.
Authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing have signaled a hardening stance with the Chinese military saying it is ready to quell the "intolerable" unrest if requested.
Riot police fired tear gas at protesters on Saturday and Sunday night.
The largely leaderless protest movement uses social messaging apps to coordinate and the strike action appears to be gaining more traction than previous strike calls in the last few weeks.
At a press conference on Saturday, strike organizers -- many hiding their identities behind masks -- said some 14,000 people from more than 20 sectors had already committed to civic action.
People from all walks of life have indicated plans online to either strike or phone in sick on Monday -- from civil servants and social workers, to flight attendants, pilots, bus drivers and even employees of the city's Disneyland.
There are also renewed calls to disrupt the city's famously efficient subway system during rush hour on Monday morning.
Activists hatched a similar plan last week that led to a couple of hours of traffic jams and backlogs, but they have had little success in bringing the city to a standstill.
The last fortnight has seen a surge in violence on both sides with police repeatedly firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse increasingly hostile projectile-throwing crowds.
A group of men suspected to be linked to triads -- Hong Kong's notorious gangsters -- also attacked demonstrators, putting 45 people in hospital.
Under the terms of the 1997 handover deal with Britain, Hong Kong has rights and liberties unseen on the Chinese mainland, including an independent judiciary and freedom of speech.
But many say those rights are being curtailed, citing the disappearance into mainland custody of dissident booksellers, the disqualification of prominent politicians and the jailing of pro-democracy protest leaders.
Public anger has been compounded by rising inequality and the perception that the city's distinct language and culture are being threatened by ever-closer integration with the Chinese mainland.
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has made few concessions beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill, and has shied away from public appearances.
Protesters are demanding her resignation, an independent inquiry into police tactics, an amnesty for those arrested, a permanent withdrawal of the bill, and the right to elect their leaders.
With a report from Agence France-Presse
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