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Yuen Long set for protest, MTR shuts station at 2pm

2019-11-21 HKT 16:10
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  • Yuen Long set for protest, MTR shuts station at 2pm
  • Riot police are stationed inside the station. Photo: RTHK
    Riot police are stationed inside the station. Photo: RTHK
Yuen Long MTR Station closed early at 2pm on Thursday ahead of a planned sit-in to mark four months since an attack by a mob of white-shirted men on protesters and passengers.

Police in riot gear were seen patrolling the station just before it closed.

A passenger said the early closure was inconvenient and unnecessary.

“If you can manage the situation, you don’t have to close the station early. But in fact, they just can’t do the proper things correctly,” he said.

The Home Affairs Department arranged free shuttle buses between Yuen Long and Long Ping stations from 2pm to 7pm.

The sit-in on Thursday evening was expected to take place in the nearby Yoho mall being as the station was shut. Most shops remained open in the afternoon.

Police have been accused of failing to protect people being beaten up at the station on the evening of July 21, with the force admitting it took them almost 40 minutes to send officers to the scene.

The delay came despite the 999 service being swamped with frantic calls for assistance.

At least 45 people needed hospital treatment after scores of men rampaged through the MTR station, indiscriminately hitting passengers with sticks and poles.