Defiant protesters wear masks at Prince Edward 'grave-sweeping'

Top News | Jane Cheung 8 Oct 2019

Protesters wearing masks turned up in defiance at various flash points on the third day of the anti-mask law.

They included "grave sweepers" at the MTR Prince Edward station to commemorate "lost comrades" who they insist died during a police dispersal action on August 31.

Exit B1 of the station became a Lennon wall and a commemoration corner as protesters placed bouquets of flowers and stuck notes on the walls.

Police deployed blue pepper spray after 7pm last night as hundreds of protesters spilled onto lanes and set up road blocks at the intersection of Prince Edward Road East and Nathan Road.

Protesters later hurled objects at the police station and officers soon fired rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Protesters in black clothes and masks were also seen in Tai Koo Shing, Yuen Long and Sha Tin setting up road blocks.

Shortly after 8pm, protesters began their rampage in MTR stations, including Sha Tin Wai, City One, Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan. They vandalized shops for parallel traders in Sheung Shui and smashed the windows of Simplylife restaurant - under the Maxim group - in PopCorn mall in Tseung Kwan O.

Riot police arrived and arrested several protesters.

Malls, shops and supermarkets closed early yesterday ahead of expected clashes stemming from protests against the anti-mask law imposed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Protesters showed up at apm in Kwun Tong, Cityplaza in Tai Koo Shing and New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, where they crowded the lobbies while chanting slogans and singing the protest anthem Glory to Hong Kong.

Scuffles between protesters and people with opposing views were also witnessed yesterday. In one case a Putonghua-speaking man allegedly tried to attack protesters in New Town Plaza and was besieged by black-clad men.

The man was escorted by riot police and driven away on a police van.

Wellcome supermarket announced the closure of all its branches at 7pm while Japanese shopping centers Yata and Sogo closed all branches at 5pm.

MegaBox mall in Kowloon Bay shut at 2.30pm. Apple Stores did not open.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club closed all betting stations at 6pm.

Various shops in areas near Prince Edward were closed, including those not normally targeted by protesters, such as Watsons.

Several branches of Arome Bakery and Maxim Bakery were shutttered.

Both are under Maxim group, which has become a target after its founder's daughter, Annie Wu Suk-ching, spoke in a United Nations Human Rights Council criticizing protesters.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com

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