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Hong Kong protesters disrupt morning subway commute

There were heated exchanges at Tiu Keng Leng station, where protesters and commuters filled the platform and a stopped train.

Passengers argue with protesters who disrupted a subway line in Hong Kong by blocking the doors on trains, preventing them from leaving the stations (Vincent Yu/AP)
Passengers argue with protesters who disrupted a subway line in Hong Kong by blocking the doors on trains, preventing them from leaving the stations (Vincent Yu/AP)

Angry Hong Kong commuters argued with protesters who blocked the doors on trains on Tuesday morning, preventing them from leaving stations.

Service was delayed and partially suspended on the Island and Kwun Tong lines, subway operator MTR said.

It cited “a number of train door obstructions” as well as someone activating a safety device at a platform on the Kwun Tong line.

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Police restrain an angry passenger who tried to fight with protesters disrupting a subway service in Hong Kong Kong have (Vincent Yu/AP)

There were heated exchanges at Tiu Keng Leng station, where a crowd of protesters and commuters filled the platform and a stopped train.

The disruption is part of a pro-democracy movement that has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets this summer for marches and rallies.

The protests have shaken the government in Hong Kong and raised concern in Beijing.

The city is part of China but has a degree of autonomy in local affairs.

Posts on Twitter showed long lines of commuters waiting for free shuttle buses provided by MTR to other subway stops.

Protesters conducted a similar action to block trains last week.

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