November 12, 2019 / 3:32 AM / 25 days ago

Highlights - Hong Kong on edge as anti-government protests grip city

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

Demonstrators are seen with shields and umbrellas during an anti-government protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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.

Following is the latest news from the protests:

- 12:24 a.m. local time (1624 GMT Monday): 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

- 1646 GMT Monday: 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

- 2241 GMT Monday: 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

- 2309 GMT Monday: RTHK says rail services interrupted as East Rail Line near University Station is blocked by obstacles

- 2328 GMT Monday: RTHK says Tate Cairn Tunnel towards Kowloon is closed

- 0006 GMT: MTR Corp says train service disrupted on the West Rail Line

- 0014 GMT: RTHK says riot police fired tear gas near City University after protesters set up road blocks. First rounds of tear gas fired at around 7.30 a.m.

- 0014 GMT: RTHK says police arrested more than 260 people on Monday. More than 60 people were injured, two critically

- 0024 GMT: MTR Corp says train service disrupted on the East Rail Line

- 0103 GMT: 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

- 0152 GMT: Hospital Authority says 128 people, including police, reported injured during public gatherings from Monday until 7.30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, comprising of 93 males and 35 females

- 0152 GMT: Hospital Authority says two people, one with a gunshot wound and one who was set on fire, were still in critical conditions at 7.30 a.m. local time

Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Paul Tait

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