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Po­lice move in on protesters

Hong Kong: Surge in vi­o­lent un­rest

- Incidents · Politics · Rioting · Hong Kong · Mong Kok · Hong Kong Polytechnic University · Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Po­lice launched a late-night op­er­a­tion to try to flush about 200 protesters out of a univer­sity cam­pus in Hong Kong.

It came after a day of clashes in which an officer was hit in the leg with an ar­row and mas­sive bar­rages of tear gas and wa­ter can­nons were fired.

Riot po­lice moved in on a protesters out­side the cam­pus after an ul­ti­ma­tum for peo­ple to leave area.

They used tear gas and wa­ter can­nons on peo­ple wear­ing rain­coats and car­ry­ing um­brel­las.

Protesters used bows and ar­rows ear­lier and one ar­row struck a media li­ai­son officer in the calf.

As riot po­lice moved in from all sides, some protesters re­treated in­side Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity while oth­ers set fires on bridges lead­ing to it.

A huge blaze burned on much of a foot­bridge that con­nects a train sta­tion to the cam­pus over the ap­proach to the Cross Har­bour Tun­nel, a ma­jor road un­der Hong Kong’s port that has been blocked by the protesters for days.

The use of bows and ar­rows, along with petrol bombs launched with cat­a­pults, threat­ened to es­ca­late the anti-gov­ern­ment vi­o­lence. Protesters are try­ing to keep the pres­sure on Hong Kong lead­ers, who have re­jected most of their de­mands.

The protests were sparked by a planned law that would have al­lowed the ex­tra­di­tion of crim­i­nal sus­pects to the main­land.

The bill has been with­drawn but the protests have be­come a re­sis­tance move­ment, with calls for full democ­racy.

Po­lice and protesters faced off all day yes­ter­day after a pitched bat­tle the pre­vi­ous night in which the two sides ex­changed tear gas and petrol bombs.

The protesters held their ground for most of the day but be­gan re­treat­ing into the univer­sity near sun­set, fear­ing they would be trapped as po­lice fired tear gas vol­leys and ap­proached from other di­rec­tions.

An­other group threw bricks in the street to block a main thor­ough­fare in the Mongkok dis­trict, as po­lice fired tear gas to try to dis­perse them.

On Satur­day, dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose for­ma­tion and picked up paving stones, rocks and other ob­sta­cles that had clut­tered the street. The mil­i­tary is al­lowed to help main­tain public or­der but only at the re­quest of the Hong Kong gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment said it had not re­quested the mil­i­tary’s as­sis­tance, de­scrib­ing it as a vol­un­tary com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity.

 ??  ?? FLAR­ING UP: Demon­stra­tors look on as a fire burns dur­ing yes­ter­day’s clash with po­lice at Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity, the lat­est fo­cus of the six-month protest
FLAR­ING UP: Demon­stra­tors look on as a fire burns dur­ing yes­ter­day’s clash with po­lice at Hong Kong Polytech­nic Univer­sity, the lat­est fo­cus of the six-month protest
 ??  ?? Hong Kong riot po­lice pre­pare to fire on protesters
Hong Kong riot po­lice pre­pare to fire on protesters

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