Anti-government protesters erected a barricade on Hong Kong's No. 2 Hong Kong University Bridge in Hong Kong, China, on November 13, 2019.
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Protesters against the government paralyzed parts of Hong Kong on Thursday for a fourth day, forced school closures and blocked highways and other communications to disrupt the financial hub amid a marked escalation of violence.
Protesters have set fire to vehicles and buildings, gasoline bombs at police stations and trains and destroyed world-class shopping malls last week in some of the worst acts of violence that have been raging for more than five months.
Black-clad demonstrators and university students kept their blockades on major roads, including the entrance to the Cross Harbor Tunnel that connects the island of Hong Kong to the Kowloon area, and a main artery between Kowloon and the rural New Territories.
Police fired tear gas near the tunnel early Thursday to try to free the demonstrators.
Thousands of students barricaded several campus temporary campus campuses and blocked the entrances and occu rummaging on nearby streets, preparing supplies of food, bricks, gasoline bombs, and other makeshift weapons while engaging in potential clashes the police squatted.
Commuters stopped at subway stations throughout the city after some railway lines were closed and roads closed. Some citizens dressed in office clothes called the riot police stationed on platforms.
Protesters are angry over what they view as Beijing's police brutality and interference in the freedoms guaranteed by the formula "One Land, Two Systems"
China denies having intervened and accused Western countries, including Britain and the United States to have troubled problems.
Police announced Wednesday that there had been violence on Chinese territory reached a "very dangerous and even lethal level".
Authorities said Thursday 64 people were injured in the clashes on Wednesday, leaving two men in critical condition. There was no further detail on the injuries they had suffered.
The police reported in a statement that a man had died after falling from unknown heights on Wednesday without giving any further details.
A Woman, a 24-Year-Old Worker In the traffic jam called Kristy, she said, "The government and police have escalated the violence."
"If the government wants the violence to stop, they have to listen to our demands," she said.
Hong Kong's embattled head of government, Carrie Lam, met high-ranking officials late Wednesday, media outlets speculated on new emergency measures to tackle the crisis.
The city's Education Bureau announced that on Thursday all schools should be closed for safety reasons, a decision that is usually only taken in severe typhoons or natural disasters.
Several universities also announced that as of Thursday for the rest of the year there would be no campus courses, meaning that they would rely on online learning and other assessment methods for the remaining weeks of the semester.
Several large shopping malls also announced that they would close on Thursday due to security concerns as demonstrators planned further demonstrations throughout the day.
Lam said that the demonstrators paralyzed this week The city was "selfish" and was now the enemy of the people.