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Last 100 'PolyU' Protesters Resist Hong Kong Police As Dozens Stage Daring Escape




It's like something out of a movie.

After a three-day standoff, roughly 100 students remain trapped inside the campus of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University. For more than a day, police have had the  campus surrounded, and have warned protesters that there's only one way out - in handcuffs.

Despite a potential 10-year prison sentence (laws against rioting, which are being applied to the protesters, carry heavy penalties), some 600 students have already walked off campus into the waiting arms of police. Some surrendered because they were in ill-health after hypothermia set in. Of the 600 who left, 400 were above the age of 18 and were immediately arrested, while the 200 minors were stopped, then sent home. They could still face charges pending further investigation, the NYT reported.



The battle over PolyU, which raged all weekend, will be remembered as one of the more intense incidents since the start of the protests. Students hurled hundreds of petrol bombs at police, and police spent hundreds of cannisters of tear gas and thousands of rubber bullets.

Outside the campus, a group of parents continued their vigil, awaiting news from their children while holding up signs that read: "Son, come out safely!” and “Save the kids, don’t kill our children."

Elsewhere in Hong Kong, the city started to recover from a week of non-stop pro-democracy demonstrations. Some of the damage from those petrol bombs included burnt out cars.

On Tuesday afternoon, a pro-democracy lawmaker who had been holed up on campus with the protesters held a press conference to announce that he and a few dozen protesters would leave the campus, but warned that, should he be arrested, he isn't "surrendering" to police.

Meanwhile, in video that appears to have been taken late Monday, a group of demonstrators staged a daring getaway when they climbed down off a bridge using ropes and sped away on motorbikes.

As some headed to work for the first time in days, citizens gathered on the street to help clean up bricks and debris left by the protests.

By the looks of it, the entrances to the PolyU campus, and many areas in and around, will probably need to be cleaned after days of skirmishes between police and students.

It's like something out of a movie.

After a three-day standoff, roughly 100 students remain trapped inside the campus of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University. For more than a day, police have had the  campus surrounded, and have warned protesters that there's only one way out - in handcuffs.

Despite a potential 10-year prison sentence (laws against rioting, which are being applied to the protesters, carry heavy penalties), some 600 students have already walked off campus into the waiting arms of police. Some surrendered because they were in ill-health after hypothermia set in. Of the 600 who left, 400 were above the age of 18 and were immediately arrested, while the 200 minors were stopped, then sent home. They could still face charges pending further investigation, the NYT reported.

The battle over PolyU, which raged all weekend, will be remembered as one of the more intense incidents since the start of the protests. Students hurled hundreds of petrol bombs at police, and police spent hundreds of cannisters of tear gas and thousands of rubber bullets.

Outside the campus, a group of parents continued their vigil, awaiting news from their children while holding up signs that read: "Son, come out safely!” and “Save the kids, don’t kill our children."

Elsewhere in Hong Kong, the city started to recover from a week of non-stop pro-democracy demonstrations. Some of the damage from those petrol bombs included burnt out cars.

On Tuesday afternoon, a pro-democracy lawmaker who has been holed up on campus with the protesters held a press conference to announce that he and a few dozen protesters would leave the campus, but warned that, should he be arrested, he isn't "surrendering" to police.

Meanwhile, in video that appears to have been taken late Monday, a group of demonstrators staged a daring getaway when they climbed down off a bridge using ropes and sped away on motorbikes.

As some headed to work for the first time in days, citizens gathered on the street to help clean up bricks and debris left by the protests.

Meanwhile, in Beijing, the central government’s Hong Kong affairs office said that a ruling by a Hong Kong court "blatantly challenged the authority" of China’s legislature and of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The court's decision to rule that Lam's anti-mask law was illegal had “severe negative social and political impact," Beijing said. Legally, the Communists have the authority to interfere with the basic law.



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