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Continued chaos on Hong Kong roads as strikes and disruptions enter third day

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Continued chaos on Hong Kong roads as strikes and disruptions enter third day

At least 11 tertiary institutions including the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the scene of fierce battles between police and demonstrators the night before, and Hong Kong University have said that classes will be suspended.

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Two entire MTR lines have been shut because of disruptions and objects tossed onto tracks, while numerous stations have also been shut.

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Livestream footage on TVB showed crowded platforms at Tiu Keng Leng MTR station and a packed train stalled with its door open

Rail operator MTR Corporation said it would not provide bus services because of “adverse road conditions”. Demonstrators have been seen building barricades on several major roads to cripple traffic, tossing bricks and other obstacles

By morning, many roads were littered with debris as many heeded overnight calls on messaging forums to hit their local neighbourhoods to stretch police resources and keep them distracted from CUHK

In the Mong Kok area, the usually busy shopping district that has become a flashpoint in recent weeks, the streets were littered with debris from overnight battles that lasted till 5am on Wednesday

The Education Bureau (EDB) said early in the morning that parents may decide whether to send their children to school, given the widespread traffic disruption, adding that schools should be kept open

“The EDB reminded again that students must put safety first at all times. They must not wander on the streets or go to potentially dangerous places, and should never participate in unlawful activities,” the bureau said

At CUHK, where pitched battles raged the night before, students continued manning barricades they had built, many spending the night in the open on the running track and sports field amid fears that police could storm the school or hostels to effect arrests

Officers had beat a retreat from the campus the night before, after some 15 hours where they repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the students, who had built barricades and started fires

Hong Kong has been hit by five months of unrest that were sparked by a contentious extradition Bill that would have allowed the handover of fugitives to several jurisdictions, including mainland China. It has since evolved into greater calls for democracy and an outpouring of anger against the local government

  Related Story Hong Kong police beat a retreat after day-long battle with protesters on university campus   Related Story Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district; universities emerge as new battleground   Related Story Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS China’s official Xinhua news agency wrote in a commentary that Hong Kong is at “the most critical juncture”, as the violent acts of “black-clad rioters” are close to that of terrorism

Many people in Hong Kong have already been “swept into a morbid state of bipolarism” over months of protest, it said, warning that “if this kind of oddity was allowed to continue, society would be left with little time to correct itself”

“Dialogue can happen when there are political differences, but on matters of principal such as stopping chaos and violence, and the future of Hong Kong, all Hong Kong people should be united in saying no to violence,” the piece said

The chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday that he wanted the Senate to pass legislation to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, as violence rose in the Chinese-ruled city wracked by months of unrest

Republican Senator Jim Risch noted that he is a co-sponsor and “strong proponent” of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would place Hong Kong‘s special treatment by the US under tighter scrutiny

“We want it moved,” Mr Risch said during a discussion on China at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington

What started as mostly peaceful rallies have turned increasingly violent, with Monday seeing some of the worst violence in the former British colony in decades after a man was set on fire and a protester was shot at close range

Defending their actions in the Monday shooting incident, police on Tuesday said the officer had been confronted by a group of protesters who attempted to steal his gun

  Related Story Hong Kong protests: A family divided, a mum in anguish   Related Story Interactive: The march of Hong Kong‘s protest movement “As we gathered the statement from the man who was injured (by gun shot), we found out that our colleague did not only face threat from one person, instead it was a group of people with organised plan attempting to steal the gun,” said senior superintendent of organised crime and triad bureau Li Kwai Wah

“In a situation like this, we believe our police are reacting according to the guideline, to protect themselves as well as the people around them.”

  Related Stories:  Related Story US senators push for vote on Hong Kong rights bill as violence rises Related Story Hong Kong election looms as new flashpoint amid escalating protest violence Related Story Worsening Hong Kong violence could embolden hawks in China Related Story Hong Kong police beat a retreat after day-long battle with protesters on university campus Related Story Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS Related Story How fake news is stoking violence and anger in Hong Kong Related Story Hong Kong police say man set on fire after arguing with democracy protesters Related Story Clashes erupt in HK business district, campuses amid citywide chaos; 1 protester wounded in shooting Related Story China says stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong Related Story Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district; universities emerge as new battleground

HONG KONGHong Kong on Wednesday (Nov 13) woke up to a third day of traffic chaos as protesters continued their strike and class boycott, obstructing roads and fighting pitched battles with police across the city.

At least 11 tertiary institutions including the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the scene of fierce battles between police and demonstrators the night before, and Hong Kong University have said that classes will be suspended.

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Two entire MTR lines have been shut because of disruptions and objects tossed onto tracks, while numerous stations have also been shut.

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Livestream footage on TVB showed crowded platforms at Tiu Keng Leng MTR station and a packed train stalled with its door open

Rail operator MTR Corporation said it would not provide bus services because of “adverse road conditions”. Demonstrators have been seen building barricades on several major roads to cripple traffic, tossing bricks and other obstacles

By morning, many roads were littered with debris as many heeded overnight calls on messaging forums to hit their local neighbourhoods to stretch police resources and keep them distracted from CUHK

In the Mong Kok area, the usually busy shopping district that has become a flashpoint in recent weeks, the streets were littered with debris from overnight battles that lasted till 5am on Wednesday

The Education Bureau (EDB) said early in the morning that parents may decide whether to send their children to school, given the widespread traffic disruption, adding that schools should be kept open

“The EDB reminded again that students must put safety first at all times. They must not wander on the streets or go to potentially dangerous places, and should never participate in unlawful activities,” the bureau said

At CUHK, where pitched battles raged the night before, students continued manning barricades they had built, many spending the night in the open on the running track and sports field amid fears that police could storm the school or hostels to effect arrests

Officers had beat a retreat from the campus the night before, after some 15 hours where they repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the students, who had built barricades and started fires

Hong Kong has been hit by five months of unrest that were sparked by a contentious extradition Bill that would have allowed the handover of fugitives to several jurisdictions, including mainland China. It has since evolved into greater calls for democracy and an outpouring of anger against the local government

  Related Story Hong Kong police beat a retreat after day-long battle with protesters on university campus   Related Story Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district; universities emerge as new battleground   Related Story Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS China’s official Xinhua news agency wrote in a commentary that Hong Kong is at “the most critical juncture”, as the violent acts of “black-clad rioters” are close to that of terrorism

Many people in Hong Kong have already been “swept into a morbid state of bipolarism” over months of protest, it said, warning that “if this kind of oddity was allowed to continue, society would be left with little time to correct itself”

“Dialogue can happen when there are political differences, but on matters of principal such as stopping chaos and violence, and the future of Hong Kong, all Hong Kong people should be united in saying no to violence,” the piece said

The chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday that he wanted the Senate to pass legislation to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, as violence rose in the Chinese-ruled city wracked by months of unrest

Republican Senator Jim Risch noted that he is a co-sponsor and “strong proponent” of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would place Hong Kong‘s special treatment by the US under tighter scrutiny

“We want it moved,” Mr Risch said during a discussion on China at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington

What started as mostly peaceful rallies have turned increasingly violent, with Monday seeing some of the worst violence in the former British colony in decades after a man was set on fire and a protester was shot at close range

Defending their actions in the Monday shooting incident, police on Tuesday said the officer had been confronted by a group of protesters who attempted to steal his gun

  Related Story Hong Kong protests: A family divided, a mum in anguish   Related Story Interactive: The march of Hong Kong‘s protest movement “As we gathered the statement from the man who was injured (by gun shot), we found out that our colleague did not only face threat from one person, instead it was a group of people with organised plan attempting to steal the gun,” said senior superintendent of organised crime and triad bureau Li Kwai Wah

“In a situation like this, we believe our police are reacting according to the guideline, to protect themselves as well as the people around them.”

  Related Stories:  Related Story US senators push for vote on Hong Kong rights bill as violence rises Related Story Hong Kong election looms as new flashpoint amid escalating protest violence Related Story Worsening Hong Kong violence could embolden hawks in China Related Story Hong Kong police beat a retreat after day-long battle with protesters on university campus Related Story Beijing condemns violence in Hong Kong, and compares protesters to ISIS Related Story How fake news is stoking violence and anger in Hong Kong Related Story Hong Kong police say man set on fire after arguing with democracy protesters Related Story Clashes erupt in HK business district, campuses amid citywide chaos; 1 protester wounded in shooting Related Story China says stopping violence is the most important thing in Hong Kong Related Story Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district; universities emerge as new battleground