About 100 traffic lights vandalized in Yau Tsim Mong

Local | 21 Oct 2019 12:56 pm

The Transport Department said today that around 100 traffic lights are down in the Yau Tsim Mong area after demonstrators vandalized them during a massive anti-government protest yesterday.

Authorities say many of the lights are out on busy thoroughfares such as Nathan Road, Canton Road, Argyle Street and Waterloo Road, and warned it will take some time for them to conduct repairs, RTHK reports.

They have asked motorists to be extra cautious saying without the lights, the risk of accidents has significantly increased.

One commuter, Jimmy Saghavi, told the public broadcaster that the protesters should not have targeted the traffic lights, as this made life very difficult for people.

“It’s very dangerous for the commuters because there are no signal lights … and you don’t know whether you should cross the road… They should protest in such a way like Gandhi. You protest but don’t do harm to the public, utilities and other things”, he said.

However, another pedestrian, Beatrice Ng, said she understands why protesters resorted to such action.

“There is a reason the protesters did that. Maybe it’s a little bit dangerous but they did this because they have five demands. The government never listened to the protesters so I think it’s ok”, she said.

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