Po­lice of­fi­cer hit by ar­row in HK dur­ing clashes

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Hong Kong, China - A po­lice of­fi­cer was struck by an ar­row fired by a Hong Kong pro­tester on Sun­day, as fierce clashes raged around a cam­pus which has turned into a base for a prodemoc­racy move­ment whose un­re­lent­ing protests have plunged the city into tur­moil.

Protests have tremored through the global fi­nan­cial hub since June with many in the city of 7.5mn peo­ple vent­ing fury at erod­ing free­doms un­der Chi­nese rule.

China has re­peat­edly warned that it will not tol­er­ate the dis­sent, and there have been con­cerns that Bei­jing could send in troops to put an end to the un­rest.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping this week is­sued his most stri­dent com­ments on the cri­sis, say­ing it threat­ened the ‘ one coun­try, two sys­tems’ model un­der which Hong Kong has been ruled since the 1997 han­dover from Bri­tain.

On Sun­day scores of ac­tivists dug in at Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity (PolyU) vow­ing to de­fend it from po­lice and to main­tain a block­ade on the nearby Cross Har­bour Tun­nel, which has been closed for sev­eral days.

As dusk fell, po­lice tried to re­take a foot­bridge over the tun­nel but were met by a bar­rage of petrol bombs that caused a huge blaze.

Else­where in the densely-pop­u­lated Kowloon district clus­ters of pro­test­ers, co­cooned be­hind um­brel­las, traded petrol bombs for tear gas with po­lice as vi­o­lence rum­bled into the night.

Ear­lier, ac­tivists par­ried an at­tempt by po­lice to break through into the PolyU cam­pus, fir­ing rocks from a home­made cat­a­pult from the univer­sity roof.

Po­lice­men were met by a bar­rage of petrol bombs as they tried to re­take a foot­bridge

(AFP)

Po­lice­men use wa­ter can­non out­side the Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity to dis­perse pro­test­ers, in Hong Kong on Sun­day

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