The Hong Kong rail operator closed four stations before a planned protest on Saturday while the city ruled by China was preparing for more riots and China released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fueled the tension.
The airport on the high seas and the roads and railways that led to it operated normally despite protesters’ plans to implement a “stress test” of transport links and interrupt traffic after weeks of rioting in the former British colony.
Authorities had issued a court order to avoid demonstrations at the airport, which was forced to close for part of last week after protesters crammed the main terminal for several days, landing around 1,000 flights and occasionally colliding with police.
The subway stations were closed on one of its lines, where a protest would be held in Kwun Tong, on the Kowloon Peninsula. The shops were closed at the station.
British consulate worker Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, police in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, said on their Twitter-like Weibo account.
Police said Cheng was released as scheduled on Saturday and that his legal rights and interests had been observed. They also said that Cheng had confessed the accusations against him, a comment commonly used by Chinese police, although Cheng did not have the opportunity to defend himself in court.
Cheng had now returned to Hong Kong, his family said on his Facebook page.
No details were given of his detention, with the Facebook post asking the “media and friends to give them some time and space, and we will explain more later.”
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17 November, 2019