Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

Protesters and police battled through the night at university campuses and other locations only hours after police Senior Superintendent Kwong Wing-cheung said the Chinese-ruled city had been pushed to the "brink of a total breakdown".

After three days of intense violence, Hong Kong woke to a fourth day of anti-government protest chaos on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Hong Kong Baptist University told students that instruction and exams would be conducted online for the two remaining weeks of the semester, with arrangements for students who have returned to the mainland to join in. Several MTR Corp. services including the entire East Rail Line and parts of the Kwun Tong and West Rail lines were already shut due to vandalism and protest actions.

Along with other demands, protesters are calling for the right to elect Hong Kong's leader, who at present is appointed by a committee largely made up of pro-Beijing establishment figures.

Any such move would antagonise China and lead to protests about the anomaly of most Hong Kong citizens being excluded, especially the younger students leading the protests.

Police subdued a few protesters as a crowd gathered for a third straight day in a central business and high-end retail district, RTHK reported.

Geng told a press briefing that grabbing police firearms, assaulting or threatening officers on duty were absolutely forbidden in any country and would be dealt with strong police force.

On Monday morning, a 21-year-old protester was shot in the abdomen at close range by a police officer in the neighborhood of Sai Wan Ho.

The territory's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking at a news conference in the evening, called the demonstrators enemies of the people.

Many schools and universities cancelled classes on Wednesday over safety concerns after the Education Bureau announced that parents could decide whether to send their children to school and urged them not participate in "unlawful activities".

Following the death of Alex Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old computer science student who died from cardiac arrest on November 8, protesters blocked on Monday called for a general strike, blocking roads with makeshift barricades.

Many subway and rail stations were closed after the protesters blocked commutes and vandalized trains.

The police, however, said protesters in the campus had thrown debris and petrol bombs onto a nearby highway linking the Northern New Territories with Kowloon, bringing traffic to a standstill in a haze of tear gas smoke.

Protesters light fires, police launch tear gas as tensions mount.

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters and onlookers who were hurling abuse at the officers.

They overran the campus and smashed up glass panels in the adjacent Festival Walk shopping mall and set fire to a giant Christmas tree. In another neighbourhood, a 57-year-old man who was defending China was set on fire after an apparent argument. He was also hospitalised in a critical condition.

Lam eventually withdrew the extradition bill but has insisted the violence stop before an further political dialogue can take place.

The Chinese government has accused foreign forces, particularly the United States and Britain, of fomenting the unrest.

"I want to ask the US and British officials: How would their police deal with similar situations in their countries?"

It was known this legislation was in the pipeline, and critics claim it has been unduly delayed, but it is the first time a minister has suggested the laws could be used in the context of Hong Kong.

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