6 December 2019
A van is engulfed in flames after protesters lobbed petrol bombs in Tseung Kwan O on Monday night. 
Photo: Reuters
A van is engulfed in flames after protesters lobbed petrol bombs in Tseung Kwan O on Monday night. Photo: Reuters

MTR station firebombed after rally in Tseung Kwan O

Protesters hurled petrol bombs at an exit of the MTR station in Tseung Kwan O on Monday, setting a huge fire that also engulfed an overturned van.

More than a thousand people, mostly secondary school students, had earlier gathered at the Hong Kong Velodrome Park in a protest against police brutality after a 21-year-old student of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Chai Wan) was shot by a traffic policeman during clashes in Sai Wan Ho in the morning, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The student is still at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, but his condition has changed from critical to serious. His kidney and liver were reportedly damaged by the policeman’s bullet.

The demonstrators also expressed sorrow over the death of Chow Tsz-lok, a computer science student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Chow died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Friday, four days after he was found lying unconscious on the second floor of a parking lot at Sheung Tak Estate in Tseung Kwan O. He was believed to have fallen from the third floor to the second floor in the early hours of Nov. 4.

The demonstrators concluded their rally as night began to fall. But about 200 masked protesters started setting up roadblocks with bicycles and iron railings near Sheung Tak Estate.

They also flipped a black van on its side to block the road. Some of the protesters said the driver of the vehicle had knocked down a woman earlier in the day.

At nearly 9 p.m., protesters tried to storm into the shuttered MTR station and, having failed, lobbed a petrol bomb at one of the exits.

Firefighters arrived about five minutes later to put out the fire.

Before the protesters left the scene at around 9:40 p.m., a man hurled two more petrol bombs, causing explosions and a huge blaze that engulfed the overturned van.

It took firefighters 45 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Meanwhile, the principal and the teaching staff of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School, which Chow had attended, issued a statement expressing their deep sorrow over Chow’s death and asking authorities to order a full and independent investigation into his death.

They also urged the police to avoid using excessive force in dealing with protesters.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told reporters on Monday evening that she felt sad about Chow’s death, and a coroner’s court would conduct an inquest with the full cooperation of the police.

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