Public clears protest debris left during chaotic weekend

China Daily | Updated: 2019-11-18 07:49
Officers and other personnel from the People's Liberation Army's Hong Kong Garrison, dressed in civilian clothes, help clear a road outside the Kowloon East Barracks on Nov 16, 2019. Their operation won the applause of pedestrians. During protracted violent protests, rioters erected roadblocks across the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Positive reactions

The considerable disruptions sparked positive public reactions. A large group of people voluntarily cleared debris and wreckage left by rioters. Traffic on most thoroughfares, including Tolo Highway, gradually resumed on Saturday.

"Their heart-touching actions show their love for Hong Kong and inject positive energy into society," a Hong Kong government spokesman said in a news release late Saturday evening.

Hundreds of residents also cleared Pok Fu Lam Road near the University of Hong Kong, another base for rioters. However, a group of masked people clad in black disrupted the cleanup and firebombed the activity from an adjacent overpass. No one was hurt.

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