15.11.19 / High / China – Protests Ongoing
15.11.19 China Protests Ongoing
As of late on 14 November 2019, anti-government protests are ongoing throughout Hong Kong. In the morning hours, police officers fired tear gas to disperse protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In addition, police officers claimed that assailants fired arrows at officers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Elsewhere, protesters erected blockades near the entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and set fire to toll booths. Mass Transit Railway (MTR) officials halted all services, except the Airport Express, by 2200 local time (1400 UTC). However, beginning at 2000 local time, the Airport Express only offered direct services between Hong Kong and Airport stations. Thus far, services at the Tai Wai, Lo Wu, and Lok Ma Chau MTR stations have been suspended, and significant disruptions are ongoing in Central, Tai Po, Yuen Long, Kowloon Tong and several other districts. As of the latest reports, a total of 40 people sought medical attention due to the injuries inflicted during the protest-related violence.
In a related development, groups of masked individuals wielding telescopic batons attacked at least one protester in Sheung Shui shortly before noon local time. However, there were no reports of unrest. During the evening police officers fired tear gas in Mong Kok and Tuen Mun after clashing with protesters. A peaceful rally occurred at Edinburgh Place in Central to support paramedics and firefighters who have assisted during the protests.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of protesters occupied Connaught Road in Central and King’s Road in Tai Koo around mid-day. Police officers dispersed the demonstrators by 1430 local time. Schools across the city are currently closed, with some stating that there will be no more classes for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, the Education Bureau announced that all schools would remain closed until 18 November. Thousands of students across the city have stockpiled food and makeshift weapons -- including bricks, Molotov cocktails, arrows with heads wrapped in cladding and catapults -- as they prepare for additional protests.