Hong Kong is set to face more traffic chaos and possibly violent clashes on Thursday as protesters pledge to carry on with their new strategy of paralysing the city's transport links on weekdays for the fourth day in a row.
Classes at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have been suspended for the day - the first time this week - while major universities have announced they will shorten the term or replace on-campus classes with online lectures for now.
On Wednesday, there were no confrontations at Chinese University - the site of a fiery battlefield where protesters and police locked horns in a full-day clash on Tuesday before - but elsewhere, protesters brought major thoroughfares in Central, Tai Po, Yuen Long, Kowloon Tong and other districts to a standstill with elaborate barricades made of bricks and bamboo sticks. A 70-year-old man was fighting for his life after being hit on the head by a brick in Sheung Shui during a clash between protesters and residents holding different political views.
At Chinese University, protesters spent the day strengthening their barricades as the city's High Court dismissed an urgent bid launched by student leaders to bar police entry onto the Sha Tin campus, as they insisted police officers have no right to do so.
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Reporting by Sum Lok-kei, Kathleen Magramo, Zoe Low, Karen Zhang, Phila Siu and Jeffie Lam
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