Protesters disrupt Hong Kong’s MTR services during morning rush hour

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HONG KONG: Protesters disrupted services on Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system on Tuesday (Jul 30), as part of a civil disobedience effort in the ongoing crisis gripping the territory. 

MTR services were suspended along parts of the Kwun Tong Line as protesters gathered at Tiu Keng Leng station in their bid to paralyse the city’s transportation network, the AP news agency reported.

Protesters in the station put up flyers and held up a train by blocking train doors. Some angry commuters were also caught in commotion with the protesters.

According to MTR Service Update on Twitter – an unofficial account run by MTR employees – there were severe delays on the Island Line due to “disruptive” passengers. 

It earlier reported that trains services between Tiu Keng Leng and Kwun Tong stations were suspended, “due to disruptive (passengers) found at Tiu Keng Leng station”. 

It added, as of 8.36am, that train services were still running between Whampoa and Kwun Tong stations at four-minute intervals. 

The protest comes in the wake of Beijing’s condemnation on Monday of the “horrendous incidents” during last weekend’s clashes, saying the violence has caused serious damage to the city’s international image, rule of law, public order, economy and lives of residents.

It reiterated its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and the city’s police, and called on Hong Kong people to oppose violence.

READ: China condemns ‘horrendous incidents’ in Hong Kong, reiterates support for Lam, police

READ: Nearly 50 people arrested in Hong Kong after Sunday protests – police

The protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory began in early June as a call to withdraw an extradition Bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to stand trial.

Since the government indefinitely suspended the legislation, demonstrators have broadened their scope to demand greater democracy and government accountability.

READ: Tear gas, rubber bullets fired at Hong Kong protesters near Beijing’s office

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