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Indonesia urged to anticipate the worst as Hong Kong becomes paralyzed by protests

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 13, 2019   /  10:01 am
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Prodemocracy protesters holds placards against police brutality and the controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's international airport on Aug. 12. Hong Kong airport authorities cancelled all remaining departing and arriving flights at the major travel hub on Aug. 12, after thousands of protesters entered the arrivals hall to stage a demonstration. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana )

Indonesia is being urged to prepare a contingency plan to anticipate any threat to the security of its citizens and businesses in Hong Kong, as the city grapples with an increasing wave of demonstrations that came to a head on Monday, when protesters paralyzed operations at the international airport and left hundreds of travelers stranded. Among those left without the means to return home is the National Games (PON) swimming team from Jakarta -- comprising 15 athletes, six coaches and a team manager -- which had just participated in the Hong Kong Open Swimming Championship over the weekend. The team was due to return to Jakarta with a Cathay Pacific flight on Monday evening, but was left stranded after the authorities decided to halt operations as a result of protesters occupying the airport. One of the coaches, Felix C. Sutanto, said the situation was very chao...