HK protests: trains run smoothly as planned disruption kept to minimum at city’s stations

22-Aug-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

There was little disruption on Hong Kong’s train services on Wednesday morning despite the launch of another non-cooperation campaign at three stations.

The action taken by the anti-government protesters came exactly a month after violent clashes between protesters and a mob of men in white T-shirts in Yuen Long MTR station on July 21.

More than 45 people were injured in the incident when the men, who protesters claimed were triad members, indiscriminately attacked passengers and passers-by inside the station.

On Wednesday, protests had been planned for the rush hour in Kowloon Tong, Lai King and Fortress Hill stations, and at 8am about a dozen protesters in Kowloon Tong sat on the platform’s floor and played compiled video clips of the Yuen Long attacks on their tablets, while holding signs that read “Don’t forget 721″, “The 5 demands, not one less”.

One man, who believed some protesters were making rail users feel uncomfortable, challenged a group at Kowloon Tong.

“It’s OK to protest through peaceful means like holding up signs, but this is not right as it disrupts citizens and makes them feel unsafe,” the passenger said.

In response, a protester said: “If our actions have disrupted you, then we would like to apologise. But if the government will respond to our demands, then we won’t have to resort to this.”

In a Telegram group connected to the campaign, which had some 10,000 members, administrators said if there were not enough people, they would change from blocking trains to playing videos of the Yuen Long violence at around 7.15am.

“It’s been a month since the attacks and we don’t want citizens to forget what happened,” a protester named Lai said.

“The MTR also has a responsibility for this because they are supposed to protect passengers. There should be some measures to maintain the safety of the passengers.”

A total of 28 people have been arrested for illegal assembly in relation to the Yuen Long attack, but so far no one has been charged.

Police said they and the Department of Justice were examining whether there was enough evidence to prosecute those involved.

Unlike previously, when train services were crippled, on Wednesday protesters only showed videos to passengers and trains ran on time.

In Fortress Hill station, only a few people in black were seen lingering on the platform, and no action had been taken by 9am.


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