Timeline: Fresh violence erupts in Hong Kong on Tuesday

Timeline: Fresh violence erupts in Hong Kong on Tuesday

Demonstrators carry a goal post during an anti-government protest at the Chinese University of Hong
Demonstrators carry a goal post during an anti-government protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

HONG KONG: Anti-government protests gripped Hong Kong on Tuesday (Nov 12) as riot police fired tear gas at a university campus and traffic and rail disruptions caused commuter chaos. 

The city is on edge a day after a protester was shot and a man set on fire in some of the worst violence to rock the Chinese-ruled city in more than five months of demonstrations.

READ: Hong Kong on edge as police fire tear gas at university campus

Here is how things have unfolded in Hong Kong in the last 24 hours:

12.24am local time: Broadcaster RTHK says police use tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds along Nathan Road in Kowloon. Similar operations also begin in Sai Wan Ho on eastern Hong Kong island, Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

12.46am: Police say they are investigating an attempted murder in Ma On Shan after a 57-year-old man was admitted to hospital in critical condition.

A still image from a social media video shows a police officer aiming his gun as a protester in Sai
A still image from a social media video shows a protester try to prevent a police officer from aiming his gun at a protester in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong, China November 11, 2019. CUPID PRODUCER via REUTERS

6.41am: Transport Department says train services except the Airport Express Line will end at 11.30pm. Kwai Fong station on the Tsuen Wan Line and Sai Wan Ho station on the Hong Kong Island Line are closed. More than 130 sets of damaged traffic lights are under urgent repair in various districts.

7.09am: RTHK says rail services interrupted as East Rail Line near University Station is blocked by obstacles.

7.28am: RTHK says Tate Cairn Tunnel towards Kowloon is closed.

8.06am: MTR says train service disrupted on the West Rail Line.

8.14am: RTHK says riot police fired tear gas near City University after protesters set up road blocks. First rounds of tear gas fired at around 7.30am.

City University tear gas hong kong
Tear gas was fired at City University in Hong Kong on Nov 12, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/City Broadcasting Channel)

8.14am: RTHK says police arrested more than 260 people on Monday. More than 60 people were injured, two critically.

8.24am: MTR says train service disrupted on the East Rail Line.

READ: Hong Kong leader says protesters 'paralysing' the city are selfish

9.03am: RTHK says a petrol bomb was reportedly thrown onto the tracks of the East Rail Line near Hung Hom. Objects were also thrown onto other lines, while roadblocks were set up on other key routes. East Rail services were suspended between Tai Wai and Tai Po Market stations.

9.52am: Hospital Authority says 128 people, including police, reported injured during public gatherings from Monday until 7.30am on Tuesday, comprising 93 males and 35 females.

9.52am: Hospital Authority says two people, one with a gunshot wound and one who was set on fire, were still in critical conditions at 7.30am.

10.06am: Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam says protesters who are trying to "paralyse" the city are extremely selfish and hopes all universities and schools will urge students not to participate in violence.

10.40am: MTR says train service on the West Rail Line gradually resuming.

11.48am: RTHK says tyres of more than 50 double-decker buses on Nathan Road were pierced, paralysing part of Mong Kok.

12.51pm: Thousands of white-collar workers, students and protesters in mask join flash mobs blocking the road on Pedder Street in Central business district.

12.59pm: Festival Walk, an upmarket shopping mall in Kowloon Tong, says in a notice on its website it will close at 2pm for the safety of its customers, tenants and staff.

1.01pm: Protesters set up barricades blocking roads in Central district, close to Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The scene at Hong Kong's Central on Tuesday amid a day of violence
The scene at Hong Kong's Central on Tuesday Nov 12, 2019 during a day of violence. (Photo: CNA reader)

1.21pm: Hospital Authority says the man with a gunshot wound has improved to serious condition from critical, while the man who was set on fire was still in critical condition.

1.32pm: Riot police disperse crowds and clear barricades in Kwun Tong industrial district in Kowloon. 

1.32pm: Riot police disperse crowd and clear barricades in Kwun Tong industrial district in Kowloon - now TV footage

2.05pm: MTR Corp says Prince Edward Station is re-opened, while Mong Kok and Kwai Fong stations are closed

2.43pm: Chinese University says a group of individuals damaged its sports field gate lock at 10.30am and entered the storehouse without permission. They removed a number of bows, arrows and javelins that were later recovered

2.43pm: Chinese University appeals to all students and staff to observe their own safety and stay away from zones of conflicts when entering and leaving campus

3.13pm: Police fire tear gas at Chinese University campus in New Territories

3.27pm: Police fire tear gas in Central business district, dispersing crowds and clearing barricades

3.37pm: Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd says its ETF Anniversary cocktail, originally schedueld for Tuesday eveoing, will be postponed

3.52pm: China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says the central government firmly supports Hong Kong government in implementing policies according to law, supporting the police in law enforcement, maintaining social order and protecting the safety of citizens

4.05pm: Police say in a briefing that masked rioters have lost control and committed insane acts, such as throwing trash, bicycles and large objects onto MTR tracks, hanging trash on overhead power lines etc, and have paralysed transport system

4.24pm: Police says 287 people were arrested on Monday, including 206 males and 81 females, aged 12-82. A total of 11 police officers were injured on Monday

4.24pm: Police says they fired 87 tear gas and 40 rubber bullets etc on Sunday, and 255 tear gas and 204 rubber bullets on Monday

READ: Flash mob wreaks havoc in heart of Hong Kong financial district

4.34pm: Chinese University announces that all classes will be cancelled on Wednesday amid ongoing confrontation between protesters and the police, the blockage of nearby roads, and the severe damage to facilities on campus

4.47pm: Hong Kong Polytechnic University says it has decided to suspend classes on Wednesday

4.47pm: Hong Kong Jockey Club announces early closure of all off-course betting branches from 5pm local time on Tuesday. Mark Six lottery draw, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be postponed to Thursday

5.07pm: Baptist University says it will cancel all classes on Wednesday

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Source: Reuters/aa