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4 Hong Kong rail stations closed ahead of protest
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4 Hong Kong rail stations closed ahead of protest

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Hong Kong’s rail operator shut down four stations ahead of a planned protest on Saturday.

As the Chinese-ruled city sets to face further unrest, China has released an employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong whose detention had fuelled tension. British consulate worker Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, said Shenzhen police on their social media account on Weibo.

The offshore airport and the roads and railways leading to it were operating normally despite plans by protesters to disrupt traffic after weeks of unrest in the former British colony.

Authorities had taken out a court order to prevent demonstrations at the airport, which was forced to close for part of last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1,000 flights and intermittently clashing with police.