The MTR Corporation announced at 06:11 (local time) on Wednesday, October 9, that some MTR stations will remain closed for repairs due to damage sustained during violent protests. The affected stations include Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Hang Hau, Che Kung Temple, Sha Tin Wai, and Shek Mun. All MTR and Light Rail (LR) services will also cease from 20:00 on Wednesday to allow for further repairs. Officials have warned that crowd control measures may be in place at some stations and short-notice service disruptions are possible. Up-to-date information on service information and station closures can be found on the MTR website. Significant rail disruptions are anticipated in the coming days.
As of Tuesday, October 8, all MTR cross-border services between Hong Kong and China have been suspended following an attack on a Guangzhou-bound train on Friday, October 4.
A heightened security presence is likely across Hong Kong until the situation fully stabilizes. Severe transportation and business disruptions are to be expected during all periods of protest activity. Further demonstrations are expected in the coming days.
On September 4, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. The bill sparked mass protests of up to 2 million people throughout Hong Kong since June 9. However, protest actions have continued since the government's announcement, as protesters' demands evolved into a wider pro-democracy movement, calling for government reforms and police accountability over violence.
Demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. Activists have also accused the police of using unnecessary force in their attempts to disperse protesters.
Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, budget additional time to reach Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Individuals are also advised to avoid wearing black and white colors around protest zones or rallies as they are associated with protesters.
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