Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

Protesters have forced the closure of metro stations and rail lines and held increasingly tense standoffs with police.

On Monday, a 21-year-old male student was shot and seriously wounded by a police officer. No one was reassured, either, when a 57-year-old man was set on fire Monday for reportedly arguing against the protests.

The man remained in critical condition Wednesday, and the protester was in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

On Monday, Hong Kong saw a marked escalation of violence. The Hong Kong Jockey Club said all off-course betting centres would also be closed ahead of Wednesday's racing at Happy Valley as a safety precaution.

Many mainland China students have fled violence in Hong Kong to take advantage of a program that offers them free temporary accommodation in the mainland city of Shenzhen. A taxi driver was taken away by ambulance with head wounds, although it wasn't immediately clear how he had been injured.

Geng called attention to the fact that the USA government official refused to reveal his name.

The Education Bureau expressed strong condemnation on such acts that intentionally jeopardize students' safety and deprive students of their basic rights to study, calling on the protesters to immediately stop all violence and bring order back to the society as soon as possible so that students may go to school safe and sound. Although she was unsettled by protesters' vandalism of pro-government businesses, Yuki said she knew that she would be safe if she stayed out of the protesters' way, and planned to return when classes resume.

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. As the two struggle, another protester in black approaches.

A reporter asked about the protester who was shot and why the police officer used his service weapon when the protester did not try to physically attack the group of officers.

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

The shooting, broadcast live on Facebook, sparked fury among protesters about what they say is excessive police violence.

Students hit by water cannon sprayed by police during a clash at Chinese University in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Public transportation was disrupted across Hong Kong on Wednesday morning as protesters blocked streets, prevented train doors from closing and vandalized railway cars.

Few details were available about the burning incident in the Ma On Shan neighborhood.

Flashpoints for clashes between hard-core protesters and riot police continued to be near some of the city's university campuses, mainly the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin as well as Baptist University and City University, both in Kowloon Tong. Online video also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them.

The protests started in June against plans to allow extradition to the mainland - which many feared would undermine the city's freedoms. That's the lowest the territory has ever seen since Britain returned it to Chinese rule in 1997.

Sonny Lo, a political analyst and expert on Hong Kong-China relations, said Hong Kong now faced a "system failure" and needed intermediaries, such as university chiefs, to sit down with government leaders and hammer out a solution.

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