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The Hong Kong subway network suspends all its services due to acts of “vandalism”

October 5, 2019

HONG KONG, Oct. 5 (Reuters / EP) –

The Hong Kong subway network (MTR) has announced that it will suspend all its services this Saturday due to acts of “vandalism”, after Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, invoked an emergency law of the colonial era.

The MTR has strongly condemned the illegal and irresponsible acts of the protesters who attacked the personnel and destroyed the subway facilities.

The measure comes after another night of violent anti-government protests that have plunged the city into its biggest political crisis in decades.

In an attempt to curb demonstrations against the dominance of Beijing, the head of the Hong Kong Government has invoked the Emergency Law to approve regulations that prohibit the use of masks in mobilizations since Friday and impose sentences of up to one year in prison and penalties of up to 25,000 Hong Kong dollars (2,900 euros) for those who skip the restriction.

After the announcement, clashes have been repeated in the streets of Hong Kong, with special impact on the transport service and commercial activity. The security forces have used tear gas and rubber balls to disperse the protesters, some of whom have concentrated with their faces covered as a challenge to the authorities.