The boss of Cathay Pacific has resigned over “recent events” taking place in Hong Kong.

The company said chief executive Rupert Hogg stepped down to “take responsibility as leader of the company in view of recent events” unfolding in Hong Kong.

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The airline has been caught up in the ongoing demonstrations which has also forced the city’s airport to be shut for multiple days.

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Pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub have risen to be one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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The airline was ordered by Beijing’s aviation authorities to suspend staff that supported what China claims are illegal protests in Hong Kong.

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