Hundred protesters still barricaded in HK campus

Agency, 19 November : About 100 protesters remain barricaded inside a Hong Kong university campus surrounded by police, as the standoff enters a third day.

Hundreds of protesters left Polytechnic University (PolyU) earlier, accompanied by mediators police had allowed in.

Those under 18 were allowed to leave without being arrested but adults were detained on the spot.

PolyU has in the past week been turned into a battleground as anti-government protests show no signs of slowing down.

Tensions could be further inflamed as China condemned a decision by Hong Kong’s high court to overturn a ban on face-masks that are often worn by pro-democracy protesters.

The violence at the university is one of the biggest flare-ups Hong Kong has seen since protests broke out in June.

The mostly young protesters have five key demands including an investigation into police brutality and universal suffrage, but underpinning this is the fear Hong Kong’s unique identity is threatened by China.

Earlier on Monday, dozens of protesters were arrested by police officers as they attempted to run from campus.

Police foiled three attempts by protesters to break free but a small group of people managed to successfully leave the campus using rope ladders before being picked up by motorcycles.

The protesters have been looking for ways to leave the university without being arrested. Those arrested could be charged with rioting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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