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Jakarta Post

Indonesians cope with new normal as Hong Kong descends into chaos

  • Apriza Pinandita and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15, 2019   /  07:28 pm
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Protesters dig up paving bricks outside the MTR train station at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Nov. 12. Hong Kong prodemocracy protesters fought intense battles with riot police on a university campus and paralyzed the city's upmarket business district on Tuesday, extending one of the most violent stretches of unrest seen in more than five months of political chaos. (AFP/Dale De La Rey)

With parts of Hong Kong paralyzed for a fifth day on Friday, Indonesians living in the city are coping with the ongoing mass protests that have become the new normal with schools, offices and public facilities closing down. Indonesian Students Association (PPI) Hong Kong chairman Michelle Kezia said all universities in Hong Kong have replaced face-to-face sessions with online lectures for the rest of the year. “So all Indonesian students who want to study at home are allowed to go home. [It applies] until the end of the year, or the end of semester. We’ll start [classroom sessions] again in January 2020,” she told The Jakarta Post via text message. The series of protests began five months ago to denounce a now-shelved bill that would have allowed extradition to China and had been mainly taking place in the evenings and on weekends. But now those protests have t...