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The lady in red: As HK protestors block departure gates at airport, a Singaporean woman was determined to go home

Among the many images and videos of the protests in Hong Kong, a lady in red has the limelight for her determination to go home to Singapore!

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On Tuesday (Aug. 13), chaos ensued at the Hong Kong international airport, with throngs of angry protestors blocking the departure gates.

Amidst the pandemonium, an image stood out — a woman in red amidst a sea of black, fighting her way to the departure gates. Who was the lady in red? She is a Singaporean woman determined to go home.

With the extensive media coverage at the Hong Kong international airport, there are many photos and videos of the protests online.

One image stood out, thanks to the stark contrast of the lady in red, holding her red suitcase amidst all the protestors in sombre colours. The pictures detail the determination with which the woman was trying to fight her way to the departure gates.

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The Guardian UK picked up the moment of the Singaporean woman who just wanted to go home on video.

Here are some stills from The Guardian’s video:

Photo: The lady in red, hoisting her red suitcase over her head/YouTube screen grab

Here are some stills from the Twitter video:

Photo: The lady in red, trying to get to the departure gates/Xingi Su Twitter screen grab

Photo: The lady in red, trying to get to the departure gates/Xingi Su Twitter screen grab

Photo: The lady in red, after she had made it past all the protestors/Xingi Su Twitter screen grab

In a Facebook post written in Mandarin, a colleague of the lady in red explained what the Singaporean woman had to go through at the Hong Kong international airport.

The post was taken down, but another media site. provided a summary and a transcription of what is happening in the video.

The colleague wrote that when the woman arrived at the airport at 2pm; she was shocked to see how chaotic the situation was. She figured that she had two choices—to stay and get stuck or to get on the plane.

The colleague said in the post that the choice was “exacerbated” by her family asking her if she was safe.

He also said that while the Singaporean lady felt emotional, it wasn’t just out of frustration for the situation she personally found herself in—she felt moved and distressed by what was happening to Hong Kong, a place she had always found to be “gentle, full of charm, polite and respectful”.

The colleague mentioned in his post that the lady in red harboured no bad feelings towards the city, she just wanted to get home to Singapore.

The terrified lady didn’t dare speak Chinese while around the protesters, her colleague said.

Her colleague’s post said that she was angry at all the people protesting, but in a later post, the colleague noted that this was his own assessment of her feelings.

When she made it past the protestors, journalists tried to interview the Singaporean woman, but she did not grant them an interview, insisting that she just wanted to go home.

Photo: The lady in red declined to be interviewed as she just wanted to go home to Singapore/Xingi Su Twitter screen grab

The latest on the lady in red is that she made it back safely home. /TISG

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