Hong Kong rail services to remain suspended

Last Updated: Oct 05 2019 19:26
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HONG KONG- On Saturday, all train services in Hong Kong, including the airport express line, were suspended, according to the city's rail operator.

This took place a day after angry protesters vandalised businesses and railway stations over the government's introduction of a new anti-mask law.

"After the outbreak of violence at multiple districts, the maintenance staff has to make sure of their own safety before they could travel to the damaged stations to inspect and assess the extent of damages at our stations, and to carry out repair works," the MTR said in a statement.

After conducting an assessment jointly with the Police and other relevant government departments, all MTR services covering the Heavy Rail including Airport Express, Light Rail and MTR bus cannot be resumed this morning (5 October), it added.

Violence gripped Hong Kong on Friday after thousands swept into the streets triggered by government's decision to invoke a colonial-era law for the first time in over half a century to use it to ban face masks, reported South China Morning Post.