Hong Kong Metro Suspends All Operations after Violent Pro-Democracy Protests

  • The rail operator of metro system in Hong Kong has decided to shut down its operation on Saturday after the pro-democracy protesters torched businesses and metro stations in the Asian financial hub. The pro-democracy protests went more violent after the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers and banned protesters from wearing face masks for concealing their identities. The violent protesters have not only set fires at stations but also on empty trains. MTR Corp, operating one of the most efficient rail networks of the world, also said that two of their staffs got injured from these violent protests. In a statement, the MTR Corp has said that they are suspending their network services temporarily because they can’t ensure “safe and reliable service to passengers in the circumstances”.