Hong Kong protesters vandalise subway station
Sha Tin MTR station is seen littered with debris on Sunday in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG: Protesters in Hong Kong vandalised a subway station Sunday, smashing surveillance cameras and electronic ticket sensors, as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again.
The protesters used hammers to knock the ticket sensors off gates and spray-painted and broke the screens of ticket machines, using umbrellas to shield their identities.
The late afternoon attack on Shatin station came as a protest at which protesters folded paper “origami” cranes was winding down at a mall connected to the station. Riot police arrived after the attack and guarded the station after it was closed, with a metal grill pulled down to block entry.
Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, now in their fourth month, have often descended into violence late in the day and at night. A hardcore group of protesters says the extreme actions are needed to get the government's attention. On Saturday night, police used tear gas and rubber rounds against protesters who threw gasoline bombs toward them and set fires in streets.