Four MTR subway stations were closed around Kwun Tong, a densely populated area on the east of the Kowloon peninsula, but thousands packed the streets anyway, most carrying umbrellas against the sun despite hazy skies in the former British colony. Others had set up roadblocks with bamboo scaffolding. Tear gas continued to be used with up to 10 canisters shot at a time, and some protesters began throwing it back.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
But Saturday's face-off underscored the risky deadlock into which the city has sunk - with the government unmoving in the face of protester demands, and demonstrators stubbornly refusing to leave the streets.
Antipathy has soared towards the police, who have used baton charges, rubber bullets and tear gas against hardcore protesters, but are also accused of beating peaceful demonstrators.
Authorities had taken out a court order to prevent demonstrations at the airport, which was forced to close for part of last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1,000 flights and occasionally clashing with police. The protests, originally over a now-suspended extradition bill to mainland China, have plunged Hong Kong into its deepest crisis since its British handover to Beijing in 1997 and pose a major challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The demands from the movement have since expanded and now include calls to investigate excessive police violence during the demonstrations and a more transparent and open government.
In case anyone has forgotten why the current protests in Hong Kong were ignited by the proposed extradition legislation, Beijing has provided a timely reminder.
Yet Hong Kong remains a city divided. "Even though I may not come out to protest regularly, I still want to mark down this moment", Bu Chan, 25, told Reuters.
The human chain is the latest creative demonstration in almost three months of rolling protests which have tipped Hong Kong into an unprecedented political crisis.
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NASA releases first clear images of distant Kuiper Belt object
These illustrations (from James Tuttle Keane) show how Ultima Thule was formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago. New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern was proud of what the men and women behind the scenes accomplished.
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The treaty banned all types of missiles with ranges between 500 kilometers (310 miles) and 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles). The collapse of the INF treaty is very much similar to the US' withdrawal from the ABM treaty in 2002.
But in this digital age, there is an apparent war on information where many may be quick to claim that news is fake if it opposes their hardline beliefs.
Simon Cheng went missing on 8th August during a business trip to Shenzhen.
She said: "We welcome the release of Simon Cheng and are delighted that he can be reunited with his family". "The Chinese government is suppressing the Church in mainland China", he said, "and so we are anxious that when we have communication with the mainland Church, maybe one day the Chinese government will also arrest the Hong Kong people to suppress Hong Kong people".
He adds that he's not against democracy in Hong Kong or the region as a distinct territory. "We will explain more later".
Huntley said the disabling of the anti-protest channels was consistent with other recent efforts by Google. Britain said it welcomed the news.
Hong Kong, a semiautonomous territory of China, has been wracked by nearly three months of antigovernment protests sparked by a proposal to allow the extradition of fugitives to the mainland.
Twitter announced it would no longer allow ads from broadcasters who were financially and editorially controlled by governments, after facing severe criticism for allowing anti-Hong Kong ads to spread on the platform. Unsatisfied, activists have sworn to march on until all five of their demands are met.
Organisers are planning a host of protests in the coming weeks including a mass march, a city-wide strike and class boycotts at universities.