Hong Kong po­lice to clear protest cam­pus

‘HAZ­ARDOUS’ MA­TE­RIAL SWEEP

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

HONG KONG po­lice have said that they will en­ter a block­aded univer­sity to clean up haz­ardous ma­te­rial be­fore lift­ing a 10-day siege, after civil­ian search teams found no ev­i­dence of any pro­test­ers still hold­ing out.

Po­lice district chief Ho Yun-sing said safety teams com­pris­ing ex­plo­sive dis­posal ex­perts will move into Polytech­nic Univer­sity this morn­ing to gather ev­i­dence and re­move stock­piles of dan­ger­ous items in­clud­ing petrol bombs and cor­ro­sive liq­uid.

The de­ci­sion came after univer­sity search teams com­pleted a sec­ond day of comb­ing the rub­bish­lit­tered cam­pus and failed to find any­one left be­hind, Mr Ho said.

On Tues­day, one per­son was found – a young woman in weak con­di­tion.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to re­store the safety of the cam­pus and to re­open the cam­pus as soon as pos­si­ble,” Mr Ho said, adding that univer­sity staff will as­sist in the clean-up.

The univer­sity ear­lier said in a state­ment that many lab­o­ra­to­ries and fa­cil­i­ties on the cam­pus had been van­dalised and that some chem­i­cals and dan­ger­ous goods were miss­ing.

Hard­core pro­test­ers oc­cu­pied the cam­pus nearly two weeks ago after block­ing the Cross-Har­bour Tun­nel and set toll booths on fire dur­ing clashes with po­lice. Some 1,100 pro­test­ers have left or were ar­rested by po­lice.

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