HONG KONG — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong blocked roads and scuffled with riot police officers on Monday, seeking to disrupt the Asian financial center in the aftermath of the death of a student last week, following a clash with the police.
The roadblocks were part of what protesters had billed as a citywide general strike. Similar actions in the past have shut down parts of the transit system and the tunnels going to Hong Kong Island that are vital lifelines to its central business district.
The disruptions are timed to coincide with “singles day,” which gets its name from the date, Nov. 11. Originally an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration in mainland China, it has turned into an annual shopping phenomenon that generates billions of dollars in sales. The protesters are urging a boycott of online shopping.
The call to action follows a weekend of protests. Saturday evening, tens of thousands of people held a vigil to remember Chow Tsz-lok, the student who died several days after falling from a parking garage near where police officers had clashed with protesters. Sporadic outbreaks of violence also erupted on Saturday and Sunday.
The protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city began in early June,