Police fire tear gas near CityU campus as protests continue

November 12, 2019 10:36
Office workers run away from tear gas as they attend a flash mob anti-government protest in Hong Kong’s Central district on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Riot police fired tear gas near the City University of Hong Kong on Tuesday morning after people set up road blocks to disrupt traffic in Kowloon Tong.

The protesters were responding to calls for a second day of action to disrupt the Tuesday morning rush-hour, RTHK reports.

The first rounds of tear gas were fired at around 7.30 am as protesters set up blockades, according to the report.

Roads around Cornwall Street and Tat Chee Avenue were covered with bricks as riot police patrolled the area. Student protesters were seen on nearby bridges.

The atmosphere is tense in Hong Kong a day after a protester was shot and a man set on fire in some of worst violence to rock the city in more than five months of anti-government protests.

Some railway services were suspended and roads closed across the Asian financial hub for a second day, with long traffic jams building in the morning rush hour.

Riot police were deployed at metro stations across the territory and large queues were forming at railway platforms as commuters made their way to work.

Universities and schools canceled classes, with students, teachers and parents on edge a day after police fired tear gas and students hurled petrol bombs on some campuses.

More than 260 people were arrested on Monday, police said, bringing the total number to more than 3,000 since the protests escalated in June.

The metro station at Sai Wan Ho on eastern Hong Kong island, where a 21-year-old protester was shot on Monday, was among those closed.

A water cannon truck was stationed outside government headquarters, where the city’s Executive Council is due to hold its weekly meeting.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said on Monday that the violence in the city has exceeded protesters’ demands for democracy and that demonstrators are now the enemy of the people.

Protesters who are trying to “paralyze” the city are extremely selfish, Lam said, adding that she  hopes all universities and schools will urge students not to participate in violence. With Reuters report

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