"From using umbrellas and batons to throwing paint bombs and canisters, from making traffic obstructions to attacking the police, protesters are upgrading their violent means", lawyer and extradition bill supporter Kennedy Wong Ying-ho told the Global Times.
Tuesday morning's train disruptions, the second in a week, followed a sit-in at the city's global airport on Friday, as well as rallies that ended in violent clashes and police firing tear gas in residential areas on Saturday and Sunday.
The July 29 press briefing made no mention of the use of violence by Hong Kong police to clear the crowd-an issue that has alarmed Hongkongers, government officials, and worldwide human rights groups.
China's state-run Global Times lauded the Hong Kong police for dispersing "illegal rallies" with tear gas and blamed the protesters for escalating violence, vandalism, and disruptions to daily life in Hong Kong. For several minutes the train was unable to shut the doors and leave. "It's always appropriate for every government to listen to their people", he added.
"The government has not been addressing the problems in our society", Lee said.
Meanwhile, more inconvenience appears to be in store for Hong Kong with protesters also handing out flyers which call for a citywide strike to take place on August 5.
The protests were triggered by an extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland for trial but they have now evolved into a broader backlash against the city's government and its political masters in Beijing.
The large demonstrations started last month as a movement against now-suspended extradition legislation, and have since grown to encompass broader demands around greater democracy and government accountability.
By mid-morning, commuters were crammed into stations across the city, waiting to board trains that were delayed, with no service on some lines.
China on Monday accused unidentified foreign actors of encouraging the protests. It is unclear what the U.S.is prepared to do in the case of direct Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong. The proposed legislation, if passed, will impose sanctions on individuals from the mainland and the city-state who violated human rights and require the US government to annually review whether Hong Kong is democratic enough to merit lucrative USA trade privileges not afforded to the rest of China.
"I do get anxious that sometimes people in the United States choose to criticise the situation in Hong Kong disproportionately because it's China, and we feel like we're in a competitive relationship with China".
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Canberra expected all foreign diplomats to respect the protected right to free speech and lawful protest, "even on contentious and sensitive issues".
"We can not condone the lawbreakers just because they are holding up high the banner of "freedom and democracy" or wearing the hat of 'civil disobedience, '" the People's Daily said. "We think that's important".
"He might think that violent activities in Hong Kong are reasonable because after all, this is the creation of the U.S.".