Hong Kong School protest: Scores arrested by Police


Hong Kong Police have arrested several protesters attempting to flee from the Polytechnic University campus after an overnight standoff.

The students numbering about 100 had tried fleeing through one of the school gates but intercepted by Police operatives who used tear gas and rubber bullets on them.

Earlier, police officers said protesters could evacuate the campus through the Cheong Wan Road South Bridge but urged them to drop their weapons and remove their gas masks. 

However, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui, who is on the campus, said the bridge had “been sealed off”, and it was not possible to leave this way.  

According to Hui, at least 1,000 protesters occupied the site. 

For weeks now, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has turned into a battleground as the long-running demonstrations escalate into a more violent movement. 

Meanwhile, as protests were raging a Hong Kong court ruled the government’s anti-mask law unconstitutional. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, told a press conference In Beijing, “No-one should underestimate China’s will to safeguard its sovereignty and Hong Kong’s stability.” 

The protests which began in June after the government planned to pass a bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China have now widened into a broader protest movement against alleged police brutality, and the way Hong Kong is administered by Beijing. 

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