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Tear gas in Kowloon Tong as students block roads

2019-11-12 HKT 08:14
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Riot police fired tear gas near City University 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 morning rush-hour.

The first rounds of tear gas were fired at around 7.30am as protesters set up blockades. Reporters at the scene said the 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.

Police fired further volleys of tear gas at protesters on a bridge on Cornwall Street shortly before 11am, then left the scene.

One fourth-year student told RTHK that she came out to protest after waking up to the smell of tear gas in her halls of residence.

"I woke up and the air is full of tear gas in our hall area, but we have done nothing," she said. "I think the police just hate students and they go to different campuses without a reasonable reason."

Later in the morning, students set up roadblocks outside the Chinese University campus. Police raised an orange warning flag, indicating that they would open fire if protesters did not disperse.

At the University of Hong Kong, protesters took to a bridge and threw objects down onto Pok Fu Lam Road near the campus. Some members of the faculty urged the students not to engage in violence.

Various MTR lines experienced lengthy delays and roadblocks were set up at different locations. At least nine universities cancelled classes on Tuesday.

Police had arrested more than 260 people on Monday, while well over 60 were injured, two critically.
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Last updated: 2019-11-12 HKT 10:58