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Friday, January 03, 2020, 18:00
HK unrest: HSBC stops weekend overnight services at some ATMs
By Reuters
Friday, January 03, 2020, 18:00 By Reuters

This photo shows a vandalized lion statue outside an HSBC branch on Hong Kong Island, Jan 2, 2020, after it was spray painted by protesters the day before. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - HSBC will suspend overnight services at 19 ATM clusters in Hong Kong on weekends and public holidays, the bank said on Friday, two days after its branches and ATMs were targeted during anti-government protests stemming from the extradition bill incident.

Hong Kong is the bank's single most important market, accounting for just over half of its US$12.5 billion pre-tax profits in the first half of 2019.

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The 19 groups of ATM machines are located in common protest hotspots. As a precautionary measure they will be closed from 8 pm to 6 am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, the days before public holidays and on public holidays until further notice, the bank said in a statement.

HSBC on Thursday closed two branches and seven indoor ATM clusters after they were vandalized during protests on New Year's Day and Christmas Eve

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The famous pair of lions that guard its city center headquarters were daubed with graffiti and briefly set alight after being doused in a flammable liquid.

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