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Sunday, September 22, 2019, 15:49
HK govt, police and rail operator condemn vandalism
By chinadailyhk.com
Sunday, September 22, 2019, 15:49 By chinadailyhk.com

Radical protesters set up barricades in Tuen Mun on the west side of Hong Kong on Sept 21, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – The government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, police and MTR Corporation have strongly condemned Saturday’s violent and vandalistic acts in Tuen Mun district by the radical protesters.

The riotous mobs blocked roads, set fires and hurled petrol bombs, jeopardizing the safety of police officers and members of the public at the scene as they continued violent demonstrations for the 16th weekend.

The riotous mobs blocked roads, set fires and hurled petrol bombs, jeopardizing the safety of police officers and members of the public at the scene as they continued violent demonstrations for the 16th weekend

Reacting to the radical protesters' actions, a government spokesman said police would take law enforcement actions against illegal activities resolutely to protect people's safety and restore public order.

According to police, some protestors blocked the roads and set barricades in the vicinity of Tuen Mun, causing obstruction to the traffic, starting from 4 pm Saturday. Apart from setting barricades, some radical protestors also damaged facilities in Light Rail Town Centre Station and hurled objects into the light rail tracks.

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Later on, radical protestors escalated their violence. During the dispersal operation, some rioters threw petrol bombs at police officers repeatedly. “They even attacked a police officer conducting arrest with hard objects on Tuen Wui Street and attempted to snatch his revolver,” reads a police statement.

At about 9:10 pm, rioters again threw petrol bombs at police vehicles on Castle Peak Road in Yuen Long. Protestors also occupied carriageways, set fire and committed violent and destructive acts, it added.

Rioters continued to gather in the vicinity of Yuen Long at late night. “A number of dispute, assault and fighting incidents arose as people have different views. As a result, many people were assaulted causing serious injuries.”

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Many protestors gathered outside Mong Kok Police Station. They occupied Nathan Road in Mong Kok and set up barricades.

“During the dispersal operation yesterday, having given repeated warnings but in vain, police had to use appropriate force including tear gases and 40mm react rounds to stop the violent acts,” adds the police statement.

The police statement said the force will continue to take resolute enforcement action so as to safeguard the city’s public safety and bring all lawbreakers to justice.    

In a separate statement, the city’s sole rail operator, MTR Corp, said radicals vandalized the facilities at numerous Light Rail stops in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, including ticket issuing machines, Octopus fare processors, CCTV cameras and passenger information display panels as well as defaced station facilities with graffiti.

People also trespassed into the track area of Town Centre Stop, threw items onto the tracks and damaged trackside signaling equipment, it added. 

“These irresponsible actions would endanger the people using the service, the company said, adding it has reported the cases to the police.”

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