Hong Kong braced for a second straight day of transit disruptions on Tuesday as protesters angered by the shooting of a demonstrator by a police officer set out to block roads and force the delay of train services.
The police fired tear gas near the City University of Hong Kong in the morning as they faced off with protesters who threw bricks and built barricades near the campus’s student residences.
The protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city began in June over a contentious, but since-withdrawn, extradition bill. The demonstrations have since morphed into calls for greater democracy and police accountability.
Here’s the latest on the Hong Kong protests.
Leader chides protesters for transit chaos.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, criticized protesters on Tuesday for disrupting transit and said school administrators should urge students to stop taking part in illegal activities.
“For protesters who want to paralyze Hong Kong, to create a phenomenon where Hong Kong seems to have come to a standstill and people are not able to go to work and go to school, is extremely selfish,” Mrs. Lam told reporters on Tuesday morning.
The protests on Tuesday began just after dawn, as protesters in the Mong Kok neighborhood placed barricades in front of buses and punctured their tires. Others gathered on the platform at nearby Prince Edward Station.
The city’s subway operator said on Tuesday morning that gasoline bombs had been thrown onto the tracks of a major rail line that runs to the border of the Chinese mainland, causing delays during a normally hectic rush hour commute.
Large groups of commuters were seen walking along the line’s tracks — a rare scene in a city known for its efficiency and order.
By late morning, there were delays or service disruptions on five of the city’s 11 subway lines. Police officers were conducting searches of bags at some stations.
The protests follow a day of widespread violence.
The demonstrations on Monday brought some of the worst violence that the city has seen in recent months. Mrs. Lam, the city’s leader, called the violent protesters “enemies of the people” and warned that the city’s escalating unrest could take it on the “road of ruin.”
A police officer fired several shots on Monday morning toward two black-clad protesters in a neighborhood where traffic had been snarled by roadblocks. One crumpled to the ground after being hit at point-blank range, video footage from the scene shows.
The shooting incited public anger that unspooled across the territory on Monday, in the form of impromptu demonstrations and clashes with the police. Tensions in Hong Kong had been building after the death last week of a student who fell from a parking garage amid demonstrations.
The unrest on Monday was punctuated by scenes of scattershot violence. One man was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire after he scolded protesters, video footage shows, while a police officer in another neighborhood drove his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators, clipping at least one of them.
The police said more than 260 people were arrested on Monday.
The State Department urged both sides to exercise restraint.
On Monday night in Washington, the State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, said the United States government condemned “violence on all sides.” She urged the government, protesters and the public to hold a “broad-based and sincere dialogue.”
Besides building on dialogue, the Hong Kong government should “address the underlying concerns driving the protests,” she added.
Ms. Ortagus also reminded the Hong Kong government that the United States grants it a favorable trade status unlike that of mainland China, but only under specific conditions. “Hong Kong’s autonomy, its adherence to the rule of law, and its commitment to protecting civil liberties are key to preserving its special status under U.S. law,” she said.
Congress and President Trump could enact a bill that mandates that the executive branch impose sanctions on Hong Kong officials who violate human rights and also review the special status of Hong Kong each year.
Many protesters have called for the bill to be passed, thinking the new law would give them leverage, but Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and Senate leader, has not held a floor vote, even though the bill passed the House by unanimous consent. On Monday afternoon, protesters unfurled a banner with Mr. McConnell’s photograph that said, “Time for the Senate to act.”
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