Activists of the pro-government democracy movement in Hong Kong continued their protest with a partial blockade of commuter traffic. Black-clad demonstrators blocked the train doors in several subway stations, causing considerable delays.
They tried to escape access by police officers by quickly relocating between the stops. Officers at Lok Fu Station got hold of some protesters, beat them with truncheons, and arrested one person. Three other activists were arrested at Lai King Station.
The action joins in the nearly three-month protests in the semi-autonomous Special Administrative Region. In mass demonstrations, participants demanded democratic reforms and independent investigations into suspected police violence. The Communist leaders in Beijing and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accuse the activists of curtailing the autonomy and civil rights promised to the former British colony when they were handed over to China in 1997.
General strike, university boycott, human chains in front of schools
Already on the weekend there had been serious clashes between police and demonstrators. On Saturday, a rally had escalated as some demonstrators set fire to a barricade on a major road near Hong Kong's police headquarters. The police used tear gas, batons and water cannon with blue paint against the demonstrators. On Sunday, activists again blocked several transport links to the airport; at least a dozen flights were canceled.
For this Monday, the movement called for a new general strike. In addition, pro-democracy students announced a two-week boycott of their universities returning to their classes this Monday after the summer break.
This also applies to the schools of the Chinese Special Administrative Region, where in the morning hundreds of people showed solidarity with the protest movement. In front of several schools students formed long chains of people before the beginning of the lesson. Some wore gas masks, helmets, and goggles that protect activists from police tear gas.