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UK News Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

03:05  19 november  2019
03:05  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

China condemns 'attack' on Hong Kong official in London

  China condemns 'attack' on Hong Kong official in London The Chinese and Hong Kong governments have condemned an "attack" on a Hong Kong government official in London. Protesters were involved in an altercation with Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng during her visit to London on Thursday.A statement from the Hong Kong government said Ms Cheng suffered "serious bodily harm", but gave no further details.Video footage of the incident shows the minister falling to the ground.Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam strongly condemned the "attack", saying the incident was brutal and transcended the bottom line of a civilised society.

HONG KONG — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong

HONG KONG — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.

Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) © Provided by The Associated Press Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.

China tells U.S. and Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs

  China tells U.S. and Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs China tells U.S. and Britain to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairsLONDON (Reuters) - China’s ambassador to London said on Monday foreign countries, including the United States and Britain, should stop interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs as protesters continued to battle with Hong Kong police.

For days, protesters have fortified Hong Kong Polytechnic University against police . Now things are coming to a head.

    HONG KONG (AP) — As night fell on Hong Kong , police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The Asian financial center’s

Protesters cover with umbrellas from tear gas canister in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters cover with umbrellas from tear gas canister in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In yet another escalation for the movement, protests raged across other parts of the city, fueled by palpable public anger over the police blockade of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the desire to help the students stuck inside.

Protesters cover with umbrella as Police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters cover with umbrella as Police fire tear gas in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Now in its fifth month, the Hong Kong protest movement has steadily intensified as local and Beijing authorities harden their positions and refuse to make concessions. Universities have become the latest battleground for the protesters, who used gasoline bombs and bows-and-arrows in their fight to keep riot police backed by armored cars and water cannon off of two campuses in the past week.

China tells UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs

  China tells UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs The Chinese ambassador to the UK has accused the Government of ‘making irresponsible remarks’ about Hong Kong.Liu Xiaoming has accused the Government and the Foreign Affairs Committee of publishing reports “making irresponsible remarks” on Hong Kong.

HONG KONG — As night fell on Hong Kong , police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been the center of the most recent developments.

HONG KONG -- As night fell on Hong Kong , police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been the centre of the most recent developments.

China, which took control of the former British colony in 1997 promising to let it retain its autonomy, flexed its muscles, sending troops outside their barracks over the weekend in a cleanup operation.

China’s ambassador to Britain accused the U.K. and the U.S. of meddling in the country’s internal affairs and warned that the Chinese government “will not sit on our hands” if the situation in Hong Kong “becomes uncontrollable.”

“These rioters, they are also criminals. They have to face the consequences of their acts,” said Cheuk Hau-yip, the commander of Kowloon West district, where Polytechnic University is located.

Protesters cover with umbrellas from tear gas canister in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters cover with umbrellas from tear gas canister in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

“Other than coming out to surrender, I don’t see that there’s any viable option for them,” he said, adding that police have the ability and resolve to end the standoff.

100 protesters still holed up in Hong Kong university

  100 protesters still holed up in Hong Kong university HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200 who are under 18 years old. Police have surrounded the university and are arresting anyone who leaves. Lam said those under 18 would not be immediately arrested but could face charges later. © Provided by The Associated Press Molotov cocktails are left over at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

HONG KONG — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.In a sign of a fresh escalation for the

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.

Authorities, meanwhile, were dealt a setback Monday when Hong Kong’s high court struck down a contentious ban on wearing face masks in public imposed last month, ruling it unconstitutional.

The pitched battle for control of Hong Kong Polytechnic University began last week as demonstrators for days fortified the campus to keep the police out. On Monday, cornered by security forces determined to arrest them, they desperately tried to get out but faced a cordon of officers armed with tear gas and water cannons.

Protesters throw tear gas canisters at Police in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters throw tear gas canisters at Police in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Senior government officials said they were trying to de-escalate the situation and urged the protesters to leave peacefully and cooperate with police — advice that seemed certain to lead to arrests and therefore strengthened the protesters’ resolve to resist.

100 protesters surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

  100 protesters surrounded by police at Hong Kong university City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200 who are under 18 years old. Police have surrounded the university and are arresting anyone who leaves. Groups of protesters made several attempts to escape on Monday, including sliding down hoses to waiting motorcycles, but it was not clear if they evaded arrest.Ms Lam said those under 18 would not be immediately arrested but could face charges later. She said the other 400 who have left have been arrested.

HONG KONG - As night fell on Hong Kong , police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The Asian financial centre’s work week

Hong Kong police have laid siege to the city’s Polytechnic University, where about 200 protesters are holed up after a weekend of violence which saw conflict between the two sides As riot police moved in at dawn, protesters set fire to one of the entrances to the university and explosions could be heard.

Before dawn on Tuesday, police allowed a group of minors to leave the campus after their high school principals secured a promise that they could go home safely. Police took down the teenagers’ details and they could still face prosecution later, local broadcaster RTHK reported.

The teens, some wearing masks to protect against tear gas, were seen hugging their principal as they left the cordoned-off university campus.

A day earlier, security forces repelled one escape attempt with tear gas, driving hundreds of protesters back onto the campus. Later, huge crowds of supporters advanced on foot toward the police from outside the cordon to try to disrupt the police operation.

The principal, center, hugs his students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) © Provided by The Associated Press The principal, center, hugs his students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Some protesters descended by ropes from a footbridge to a road below, where they were met by motorbike riders trying to help them flee as police fired tear gas.

All day Monday, multiple protests disrupted traffic in the Asian financial center, where schools remained closed because of safety concerns stemming from the demonstrations, which began in June but have become increasingly violent in recent weeks.

Hong Kong Protests: Hundreds Arrested at a University and a Warning from Beijing

  Hong Kong Protests: Hundreds Arrested at a University and a Warning from Beijing About 100 protesters remained holed up inside a Hong Kong university on Tuesday, as a standoff between the students and the police stretched into a third day. Hundreds more who had spent days clashing with the police were detained after heavily armed officers surrounded the school and gave the protesters few options but to surrender and face arrest. Nevertheless, a number of students managed a daring escape, rappelling from a nearby bridge to be whisked away by waiting motorbike drivers.

HONG KONG — As night fell on Hong Kong , police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters were trapped in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The city's work week began Monday

A standoff at a Hong Kong university between protesters and the police entered a second day on Monday with riot officers lobbing tear gas and firing rubber bullets at some students trying to flee the besieged campus , while others stayed bunkered inside with homemade weapons.

Riot officers broke into one university entrance before dawn Monday as fires raged inside and outside, but they didn’t appear to get very far. Fiery explosions could be seen as protesters responded with gasoline bombs.

Students under 18 walk after being released from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.  Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Students under 18 walk after being released from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Police, who have warned that everyone in the area could be charged with rioting, said 154 arrests were made over the weekend. A total of 4,491 arrests have reportedly been made since the protests began in June.

Local council elections scheduled for Sunday were at risk of being delayed because of the unrest, said Patrick Nip, Hong Kong’s secretary for constitutional affairs.

Police fire tear gas to protesters in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Police fire tear gas to protesters in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

“The situation in the past weekend has obviously reduced the chance of holding the election as scheduled,” Nip said, adding that the government “won’t take this step unless absolutely necessary.”

Protestors still trapped in Hong Kong university as standoff enters third day

  Protestors still trapped in Hong Kong university as standoff enters third day Hong Kong's new police chief called for the support of all citizens to end social unrest that has disrupted the city for more than five months, while protesters remained trapped by his officers at a university for a third day on Tuesday. About 200 protesters were still inside the sealed-off Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus, raising fears of bloody clashes with no resolution in sight. China’s top legislature, commenting on a ruling that said a proposed ban on face masks worn by protesters was unlawful, said Hong Kong courts had no power to rule on the constitutionality of the city's legislation, according to state media outlet Xinhua.

HONG KONG — As night fell in Hong Kong , police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped It wasn’t clear if any of those inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University escaped. Hong Kong ’s work week started with multiple protests that disrupted

Hong Kong police on Monday swooped into a major university campus — where hundreds of protesters were trapped inside after police sealed off roads around the area — with tear gas and batons. Fiery explosions could be seen inside Hong Kong 's Polytechnic University as riot officers

Riot Police march in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) © Provided by The Associated Press Riot Police march in the Kowloon area of Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The protesters, meanwhile, made gains on a legal front when the high court struck down the ban on face masks. The court said it did not consider anti-mask laws unconstitutional in general, but in this case, the law infringed on fundamental rights further than was reasonably necessary.

A man on top of a bridge raises his fist shouting slogans as he's stopped by police while trying to escape the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police using tear gas and rubber bullets fought off protesters Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) © Provided by The Associated Press A man on top of a bridge raises his fist shouting slogans as he's stopped by police while trying to escape the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police using tear gas and rubber bullets fought off protesters Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Many protesters wear masks to shield their identities from surveillance cameras that could be used to arrest and prosecute them. The ban has been widely ignored, and police have brought charges against protesters wearing masks.

Protesters trying to leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University scatter as police tear gas fills the air to keep them on the campus in Hong Kong on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters trying to leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University scatter as police tear gas fills the air to keep them on the campus in Hong Kong on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The months-long protests started peacefully in early June, sparked by proposed legislation that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to the mainland. But by the time the bill was withdrawn, the protests had hardened and broadened into a resistance movement against the territory’s government and Beijing.

Police officers detain a protester near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police have swooped in with tear gas and batons as protesters who have taken over a university campus make an apparent last-ditch effort to escape arrest. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim) © Provided by The Associated Press Police officers detain a protester near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police have swooped in with tear gas and batons as protesters who have taken over a university campus make an apparent last-ditch effort to escape arrest. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Activists see the extradition bill as an example of Hong Kong’s eroding autonomy under Beijing’s rule since the 1997 handover from colonial power Britain.

Top MP denies British interference in Hong Kong

  Top MP denies British interference in Hong Kong A senior Tory MP has denied that the UK is interfering in foreign affairs after the Chinese ambassador to London [] The post Top MP denies British interference in Hong Kong after Chinese ambassador's warning appeared first on CityAM.

Police briefly stormed Hong Kong ’s Polytechnic University Monday morning after a violent, days-long siege on the protester -occupied campus saw some of the most violent battles since the unrest began six months ago. Protesters have spent days barricaded inside the fortress-like campus .

Riot police detain protesters amid clouds of tear gas at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by The Associated Press Riot police detain protesters amid clouds of tear gas at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The head of a nationalistic Chinese newspaper said Hong Kong police should use snipers to fire live ammunition at violent protesters.

“If the rioters are killed, the police should not have to bear legal responsibility,” Global Times editor Hu Xijin wrote on his Weibo social media account.

The anti-government protesters barricaded themselves inside Polytechnic last week. Police surrounded the area Sunday night and began moving in after issuing an ultimatum for people to leave the area. The crowd wore raincoats and carried umbrellas to shield themselves from police water cannons.

Protesters and parents gather at Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Ahmad Ibrahim) © Provided by The Associated Press Protesters and parents gather at Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hung Hom district, Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Ahmad Ibrahim)

At daybreak Monday, protesters remained in control of most of the campus. In one outdoor area, some demonstrators made gasoline bombs while others wore gas masks. Two walked about with bows and arrows.

“We are exhausted because we were up since 5 a.m. yesterday,” said a protester who gave only his first name, Matthew. “We are desperate because our supplies are running low.”

A few hundred protesters streamed out of the campus early Monday in an apparent bid to escape, but they were driven back by police tear gas. Some wearing gas masks picked up smoking tear gas canisters and dropped them into heavy-duty bags.

Other protesters blocked a major road not far from the Polytechnic campus to distract police and help those inside the campus try to escape.

They tossed paving stones onto stretches of Nathan Road as police chased them with tear gas. An injured woman arrested for participating in an unlawful assembly escaped after protesters stopped her ambulance and hurled rocks and bricks inside.

Police issued a “wanted” notice for the 20-year-old woman and said anyone who aided her could be charged with assisting an offender, which can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.

Police detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) © Provided by The Associated Press Police detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Classes from kindergarten to high school were suspended for the sixth straight day Tuesday because of safety concerns, the education department said. It said most classes were expected to resume Wednesday, except for kindergarten and classes for the disabled, which were suspended until Sunday.

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Chan reported from London. Associated Press writer Dake Kang contributed to this report.

Top MP denies British interference in Hong Kong .
A senior Tory MP has denied that the UK is interfering in foreign affairs after the Chinese ambassador to London [] The post Top MP denies British interference in Hong Kong after Chinese ambassador's warning appeared first on CityAM.

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