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Protests, road blocks flare up across HK

2019-11-13 HKT 08:49
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  • Protests, road blocks flare up across HK
  • Barricades went up early on Wednesday morning. Photo: RTHK
    Barricades went up early on Wednesday morning. Photo: RTHK
  • Protesters also set up road blocks in Yuen Long. Photo: RTHK
    Protesters also set up road blocks in Yuen Long. Photo: RTHK
  • Some shops have also been vandalised. Photo: RTHK
    Some shops have also been vandalised. Photo: RTHK
  • Protesters put up a barricade on Renfrew Road, just a block from the People's Liberation Army barracks. Photo: RTHK
    Protesters put up a barricade on Renfrew Road, just a block from the People's Liberation Army barracks. Photo: RTHK
Protesters started putting up barriers and occupying roads around Hong Kong early on Wednesday, with a fire reported at the Chinese University, and a barrier set up outside Baptist University.

On Tuesday, the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus was also at the heart of the protests, with clashes continuing into the night, despite efforts by staff to mediate. Students also reportedly stood watch at the campus overnight, fearing that police might return.

The protests disrupted traffic, and many roads are devoid of traffic, and there are long queues for trams and buses.

Tensions were also rising in Tsing Yi on Wednesday, while police were also visible outside the University of Hong Kong confronting protesters.

Protesters occupied a major intersection in Yuen Long blocking the intersection of Yuen Long and Tai Tong Roads with bricks and other objects, bringing traffic to a grinding halt.

In Kowloon Tong, dozens of demonstrators fanned out before 8am to put bricks on the road, and put up makeshift barriers.

One of them, Rachel, said they were unimpressed by the latest comments from the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, accusing the protesters of wishful thinking.

"I think the way that the government is reacting is not enough and this is the only thing people can do to show their disgust and disappointment with the government," Rachel said.

She said the protests were intended to show "strong determination to make changes in society - changes that the government refuses to accept."

Police moved in to clear the barricades, but shortly after protesters started to replace them, and the barriers were still in place on Wednesday morning.

Protesters also set up barricades with bamboo scaffolding in Mong Kok but melted away before the police moved in. They also restored the barricades at Mong Kok after the police left.

There have been reports of vandalism at Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O MTR stations, and the MTR has been operating a heavily reduced service because of damage to networks and objects on tracks.
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Last updated: 2019-11-13 HKT 10:55