More Hong Kong protests planned as metro lops back to business


HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong's metro rail system will soon close again on Thursday to repair time to repair damaged facilities, said its operator because the city had more anti-government displays after violent protests. Asian financial hub.

People seen at metro station Yau Ma Tei, after the nearby Kok Cong closed due to vandalism during protests, in Hong Kong, China October 9, 2019. REUTERS / Susana Vera

MTR Corp, which carries about 5 million passengers a day on its network, said that a line serving a densely populated area in the New Territories of the city would not work and all lines would be closed by 9pm. (1300 GMT), more than three times earlier than usual.

The service was effectively forced to resign after arson attacks Friday night, crossing traffic across the city was under Chinese control. He has only worked partially since.

The closures also lead to more objections on Thursday and others are planned for the remainder of the week.

The unease began more than four months ago in the beginning of an extradition bill which has now been withdrawn, but since then it has been moving towards a pro-democracy movement among the fear that China is interfering with Hong Kong's freedoms.

These freedoms were guaranteed under a “one country, two system” formula when Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, a formula that allows for wide-ranging independence and freedoms on the mainland.

However, the unrest of the special administrative region has exerted its worst political crisis since 1997 and the biggest challenge facing the Chinese President Xi Jinping since it came to power in 2012.

Among the exhibitions planned for Thursday are a number of supporters of Taiwan's National Day and rallies against perceived policing brutality, and it is expected that eye-catchers will have to show solidarity with young protesters injured against the police. .

The city is still recovering from a long weekend of violent conflicts between the police and thousands of protesters.

Shop scores remain on board after being in the Trash or Torch, anti-government graffiti is scraped over bus stops and buildings, while some streets remain with broken glass and complex metal debris.

Protective violence often focused on the MTR, who is blamed for closing the government's stations to stop collecting collectors.

The city's economy is hit by the protests as it faces the first recession in ten years. The tourism and retail sectors are hit hard and people are staying away.

Shopping pellets and businesses were forced to stop again and again, and events and conferences were moved to other venues, including Singapore.

Political sensitivities of protests have also surrendered international firms, with the US National Basketball Association (NBA), sent the latest example after Chinese organizers Wednesday fans event canceled over a tweet by a team official. protests were supported in Hong Kong.

Tiffany & Co luxury jewelery and U. brand brand vans have also withdrawn with flyers design and shoe which are considered to be in favor of protesters.

China has warned foreign governments to stay away from the objections they consider to be in their internal business and accused a number of people, including Britain and the United States, of a anti-chilling attitude.

Write Farah Master; Edited by Paul Tait

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