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Hong Kong Rail Operator MTR Denies Fatality During Protest Chaos

  • MTR says no fatalities during Aug. 31 melee in Prince Edward
  • Rumors had propelled more clashes between protesters, police
A makeshift memorial covers an entrance to the Prince Edward station on Sept. 7.
A makeshift memorial covers an entrance to the Prince Edward station on Sept. 7.Photographer: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
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Hong Kong’s subway operator denied that a fatality occurred when riot police stormed into a station in pursuit of pro-democracy protesters on one of the most violent days since protests began in the city more than three months ago.

MTR Corp., which runs Hong Kong’s mass-transit rail system, said in a Tuesday statement that nobody died inside its Prince Edward station on the night of Aug. 31. That day saw protesters hurl petrol bombs and bricks at police officers, before setting fire to a massive roadblock in the city center.