NSTworld Security tight at HK university as hundreds of protesters trapped on campus
HONG KONG: Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters as they tried to escape a besieged university on Monday while hundreds more pro-democracy activists stayed inside armed with petrol bombs and other weapons awaiting an expected operation to oust them.
Riot police stand guard near a walkway leading to Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. - A large fire burned near an entrance to a besieged Hong Kong campus on November 18 morning after protesters threw Molotov cocktails to fend off a police advance on the university, according to AFP reporters at the scene. (Photo by Dale DE LA REY / AFP)
Demonstrators angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in the former British colony have said they are responding to excessive use of force by police.
Police started to clear away debris including umbrellas, bricks and furniture items down one of the city’s busiest tourist and commercial districts, to make way for traffic.
The city’s Cross Harbour Tunnel linking Hong Kong island to the Kowloon peninsula remained shuttered and protesters torched a footbridge that crosses the highway to the tunnel, authorities said.
As police approached the barricaded front gate of the university in the predawn hours, protesters retreated into the campus and started fires at the gate and a footbridge.
“If we can only hold on till dawn, more might come,” said one young activist in the university.
Some of those trapped on the sprawling red-brick campus close to the city’s harbour said they would never surrender.
An armoured police vehicle that was set ablaze by petrol bombs in Sunday’s violence was towed away early on Monday.
Protesters clash with police at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China November 18, 2019. - REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Beijing denies interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs and has blamed foreign influences for the unrest. - REUTERSRead more: New Straits Times
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