Hong Kong protests: Students react to transport disruptions as 7 MTR stations still closed after anti-mask law backlash


Train services will shut down at 8pm again to allow more time for repairs

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Facilities at Kwun Tong MTR Station are damaged and vandalised from anti-government protesters following their rampage during a protest.

Seven stations, including one which had its service centre burned down, remained closed on Wednesday morning as Hong Kong’s rail operator struggled to repair the damage caused by violent mobs of protesters over the long weekend.

Students say this has made getting to school more difficult.

“The MTR disruption has caused me a lot of inconvenience. Some of my friends go to school by MTR and it has affected them,” said Teresa Kwok, 14, of South Island School.

“Protesters are getting out of control and they are just releasing their anger by attacking the rail system because they will get a lot of attention from other Hong Kong citizens.

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“I understand the protesters are not satisfied with what the government did before but affecting the railway system inconveniences a lot of people who want to go to work or school.”

A student from a school in Sai Ying Pun who didn’t want to be named said, “I am severely affected by the delays and shutdowns. For example, I go to Wan Chai and Causeway Bay for tutorials on weekends.

“All of my classes [and other activities] were cancelled, because I couldn’t get anywhere without the MTR [and with the tram services cancelled on Sunday]. This sucks, especially since I’ll sit the HKDSE next year.

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“Also, tutorials usually end at night [around 8pm] but with reduced MTR services, they have to cut short the classes. I really don’t want to blame anybody, but the MTR services are essential to people like me, who have to travel around on a tight schedule.”

The MTR Corporation could not say last night when the worst-affected stations were likely to reopen, as it scrambled to return services to normal after hard-core protesters went on the rampage from Friday in response to the government’s anti-mask law.

The embattled rail giant announced the whole system would close early again at 8pm yesterday to allow for repairs, as passengers entered the sixth straight day of MTR disruption.

The MTR Corp said the number of damaged facilities had increased significantly since last Friday.