Painful hangover from National Day

Top News | Amy Nip 3 Oct 2019

A job center and a Home Affairs inquiry center remained closed yesterday for emergency repairs after protesters vandalized Tsuen Wan and Cheung Sha Wan government offices in the National Day mayhem.

Many shops in Tsuen Wan also remained closed following vandalism targeting Maxim's and mainland-linked companies.

The Cheung Sha Wan building had windows shattered and a fire set on its ground floor. Its entrance was cordoned off and guarded by police yesterday.

Services at the Sham Shui Po Home Affairs Enquiry Centre on the ground floor remain suspended until maintenance work is completed.

The West Kowloon Outpatient Clinic, also on the ground floor, was open yesterday, but patients faced hazards such as an escalator blocked by pieces of a glass bottle - thought to be the remains of a petrol bomb. The job center on the second floor of Tsuen Wan government offices will be suspended until a blocked passageway is cleared and facilities are fixed. Job-seekers are being told to head to nearby centers.

All MTR stations were in operation yesterday following a record closure of 47 on Tuesday.

Yet civil disobedience continued.

The Kwun Tong Line was disrupted at around 7am yesterday when a train's emergency exit was activated and a ramp lowered to the rails. Service was delayed for about 15 minutes. Train doors were obstructed at Kowloon Station. Emergency buttons were pressed, and some protesters used their bodies to prevent doors closing.

The MTR Corp said fires were set at more than 20 stations on Tuesday. And glass panels at the security operation center at Tsuen Wan depot were smashed with petrol bombs.

A petrol bomb was also thrown on track between Siu Hong and Tuen Mun stations on the West Rail Line. More fire bombs were hurled into a lift at Sham Shui Po station.

Fires also hit facilities at Tsuen Wan, Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Diamond Hill and Tai Wai and Wong Tai Sin stations.

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com

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