Hong Kong protesters smash MTR station

An elderly man implores police not to charge at Tung Chung MTR train station in Hong Kong on Sunday.

HONG KONG (Agencies) – Anti-government protesters this evening vented their fury on a mass transit railway (MTR) station in Tung Chung, a satellite town near Hong Kong International Airport which they had briefly stormed earlier before being chased out by police.

Black-clad protesters were seen attacking facilities of the station.  Some were seen smashing station turnstiles and ticket machines.

The protesters also dismantled CCTV cameras in the station and damaged fire-fighting facilities, said police on Facebook.   The station is located near Citygate Outlets, a mall popular with tourists.

The action came a day after police used water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators who had hurled petrol bombs and bricks at them.

Protesters  called on the public to overwhelm roads and rail links to the airport on Sunday and Monday to cause flights to be cancelled, in a hoped-for repeat of their actions a fortnight ago.

South China Morning post reported that two other groups of protesters also planned demonstrations in the northern town of Tin Shui Wai, which was later cancelled, and outside the British consulate in Admiralty.


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