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

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Tuesday, a day after a protester was shot and a man set on fire in some of the worst brutality to rock the Chinese-ruled city in more than five months of anti-government protests, Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at a university campus.

Several rail services were suspended and roads closed for a second day across the Asian financial hub, with the morning rush hour causing long traffic jams.

Riot police were deployed throughout the territory at metro stations and long queues formed on train platforms as commuters made their way to work.

Classes were canceled by universities and schools, with students, teachers, and parents on alert one day after tear gas was fired by police and petrol bombs were thrown by students on some campuses.

On Monday, police said, more than 260 people were arrested, bringing the total number to over 3,000 since the protests erupted in June.

Among those closed was the Sai Wan Ho metro station on eastern Hong Kong island, where on Monday a 21-year-old protester was killed.

A water cannon truck was stationed outside the headquarters of the municipality, where the Executive Council of the city was to hold its weekly meeting.

Hong Kong’s controversial leader, Carrie Lam, said Monday that the unrest in the former British colony exceeded the demands of the protestors for democracy, and demonstrators are now the people’s enemy.

Protesters were furious at what they see as police brutality and Beijing’s interference with the freedoms promised under the principle of “one country, two systems” when the region returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

China denies intervention, blaming Western countries for arousing trouble.

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