Hong Kong protests: four-day occupation of Chinese University appears to end as activists retreat

South China Morning Post 發布於 2019年11月15日16:11
  • Most protesters who had dug in to Sha Tin campus have changed and left while dozens of drivers appear to pick them up
  • Earlier protesters had partially reopened Tolo Highway in 'friendly gesture' before shutting it down again
Firefighters battle a blaze at Chinese University but the protesters who have dug in for four days have left. Photo: Edmond So

Chaos and violence has returned to Hong Kong at night after the city enjoyed a relatively calm Friday.

Tear gas was fired in Mong Kok while the Tolo Highway was blocked again by obstacles thrown from a bridge near the Chinese University. Earlier in the day, the highway had partially reopened after being blocked for about 60 hours, as activists urged the government to guarantee that district council elections would go ahead on November 24 as planned.

The highway was shut down again at 7.30pm, after Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said he could not agree to the protesters' requests, and said they were making "threats against the public's welfare". Cheung stressed the government's determination to conduct the elections as scheduled has remained unchanged.

Follow our live blog for the latest developments. Reporting by Alvin Lum, Karen Zhang, Elizabeth Cheung, Chris Lau and Kimmy Chung

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