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Hong Kong bike sharing firm unlocks its bikes amid protests

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Clashes erupt between anti-government protesters and riot police as tear gas is fired into the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. (Picture: Winson Wong/SCMP)

A bike-sharing service in Hong Kong says it’s giving out free rides in two protest-embroiled neighborhoods. LocoBike announced in a Facebook post that due to a “system breakdown”, all its bikes between Sha Tin and the train station at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have been unlocked. Police and protesters were engaged in a violent standoff on campus Tuesday. 

“Students don’t need to call and ask. Just ride first. Get on quickly, please,” the post reads. 

Hong Kong is in the middle of five months of anti-government protests. Demonstrators have come up with unconventional uses of technology to spread their message. Apps and services such as Apple’s AirDrop, Pokémon Go and Tinder, for instance, have been used to organize protests. 

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