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World More Hong Kong protests planned as metro limps back to business

07:05  10 october  2019
07:05  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Hong Kong's metro, legislature open but more protests planned for weekend

  Hong Kong's metro, legislature open but more protests planned for weekend Hong Kong's metro operator opened all stations on Friday for the first time in a week ahead of another round of anti-government protests at the weekend, while the city's legislature began its first session since protesters stormed the building in July. © Reuters/SUSANA VERA A man jumps over a turnstile at Yau Ma Tei metro station in Hong Kong Pro-establishment and democratic lawmakers shouted at each other before the start of the session, heightening tensions that have spiraled following four months of often violent pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong 's rail operator partially reopened the city's metro system on Sunday after an unprecedented shutdown but kept many typically busy stations closed as the Chinese territory braced for large demonstrations later in the day. Violent protests erupted across the Asian

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong struggled to recover on Monday, with the metro only partially functioning and Further protests are planned in different districts on Monday evening. Many businesses and stores have had to close repeatedly during the four months of protests and Hong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's metro rail system will shut early again on Thursday to allow time to repair damaged facilities, its operator said as the city braced for more anti-government demonstrations after a string of violent protests in the Asian financial hub.

MTR Corp, whose network carries about 5 million passengers a day, said a line servicing a densely populated area in the city's New Territories would not operate and all lines would close by 9 p.m. (1300 GMT), more than three hours earlier than normal.

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Hong Kong protesters attack metro stations after face mask ban – video. Hong Kong has had civil freedoms under China’s one country, two system policy since 1997. Although many have been eroded over the years, the emergency regulations were expected quickly eradicate many fundamental rights.

HONG KONG , Oct 8 (Reuters) - Hong Kong opened for business on Tuesday after a violent long Hong Kong 's metro , which carries about 5 million passengers a day, said on Tuesday some ATMs, Chinese banks and scores of shops were vandalised during violent protests over the long weekend

The usually efficient service was forced to shut down after arson attacks on Friday night, paralyzing transportation across the Chinese-ruled city. It has operated only partially since.

The closures also come ahead of more protests on Thursday and others planned for the rest of the week.

The unrest started more than four months ago in what began as opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill but has since widened into a pro-democracy movement amid fears that China is encroaching on Hong Kong's freedoms.

Those freedoms were guaranteed under a "one country, two systems" formula when Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, a formula that allows wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

People are seen at Yau Ma Tei metro station in Hong Kong © Reuters/SUSANA VERA People are seen at Yau Ma Tei metro station in Hong Kong

However, the unrest has pushed the special administrative region into its worst political crisis since 1997 and poses the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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Hong Kong (CNN Business ) Months of political unrest in Hong Kong have upended business in the city. Now restaurant and hospitality workers are But the pro -democracy protests have complicated the business environment and presented a "triggering point" for some measures, like layoffs, said

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong struggled to recover on Monday, with the metro only partially functioning and Further protests are planned in different districts on Monday evening. Many businesses and stores have had to close repeatedly during the four months of protests and Hong

Demonstrations planned for Thursday include some in support of Taiwan's National Day and rallies against perceived police brutality, with protesters expected to wear eye patches to show solidarity with a young protester who was injured in clashes with police.

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

Scores of shops remain boarded up after being trashed or torched, anti-government graffiti is scrawled over bus stops and buildings, and some streets remain littered with broken glass and twisted metal debris.

Protest violence has often targeted the MTR, which is blamed for closing stations at the government's behest to stop demonstrators gathering.

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The city's economy has been hammered by the protests as it faces its first recession in a decade. The tourism and retail sectors have been hit particularly hard as visitors stay away.

Shopping malls and businesses have been forced to shut repeatedly, while a slew of events and conferences have moved to other locations, including Singapore.

The political sensitivities of the protests have also ensnared international businesses, with the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) the latest example after Chinese organizers on Wednesday canceled a fan event over a tweet by a team official supporting protests in Hong Kong.

Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co and U.S. sports brand Vans have also withdrawn an advertisement and shoe design seen as favoring protesters.

China has warned foreign governments to stay out of the protests which they deem as an internal affair and have accused some, including Britain and the United States, of fanning anti-China sentiment.

(Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Paul Tait)

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Blizzard also cancelled the pro player's prize winnings and banned him from Hearthstone esports for 12 months. "© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong. Getty Images Blizzard, the company behind both the game Hearthstone and the competition, said in a statement that Blitzchung had broken a rule. The rule in question involved "engaging" in an act that, "in Blizzard's sole discretion" brings into "public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public or otherwise damages" Blizzard's image.

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