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World Options narrow for last Hong Kong campus protesters as arrests take a toll

04:26  20 november  2019
04:26  20 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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By Marius Zaharia and Jessie Pang

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out.

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Fearing arrest or being shot at by police, a dwindling number of protesters remained huddled inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as night fell. The siege at PolyU began Sunday with many hundreds of protesters occupying the campus as part of a broader campaign of massive disruption

Reuters witnesses said fewer than 100 protesters remained inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after more than 1,000 were arrested since late on Monday.

Some simply surrendered, while others were nabbed in escape attempts that included trying to clamber down ropes onto waiting motorbikes or sneak through sewer pipes.

a group of people sitting at a table with a red umbrella: FILE PHOTO:  Anti-goverment protests in Hong Kong © Reuters/THOMAS PETER FILE PHOTO: Anti-goverment protests in Hong Kong

Police searched for potential escapees overnight with spotlights rather than using the tear gas and rubber bullets that had marked clashes in recent days, heeding calls from Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for a humane end to a siege that saw the most intense clashes since the protests escalated more than five months ago.

They also tightened barricades in the streets surrounding the university, making them secure enough to be visited late on Tuesday night by the force's new commissioner, Chris Tang, at the end of his first day on the job.

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Carrie Lam, Hong Kong ’s chief executive, said about 600 protesters surrendered to authorities at the Polytechnic University campus in Kowloon overnight Riot police surrounded the red-brick campus that protesters took over and turned into a fortress, firing teargas at groups who tried to escape.

Hong Kong had previously banned protesters from wearing facemasks - but this was deemed "unconstitutional" by the city's high court on Monday. Image caption A protester arrested while trying to leave the campus . The university then cancelled all classes for the rest of the term.

Tang earlier urged the support of all citizens to end the unrest triggered by fears that China's central government is stifling the former British colony's freedoms and extensive autonomy guaranteed in its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

Chinese leaders say they are committed to the "one country, two systems" formula and have accused foreign countries, including Britain and the United States, of stirring up trouble.

The unrest marks the most serious popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

Some protesters emerged as the sun rose above the campus after a night spent sleeping on yoga mats to express a range of feelings, from defiance to uncertainty.

Others mulled hiding in the maze of campus buildings, as they said a teacher had advised them to do.

"I already know where I will hide," a 19-year-old student, who gave his name only as Paul, said as he emerged in a hoodie, shorts and slippers to ask about breakfast in the canteen.

"I have enough food for at least a week and then will see what happens," he said.

Two protesters in full body armor, wielding metal rods, were going to get some sleep in the library after their night shift watching police movements outside.

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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 .

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"We need some energy to get ready for the big fight. Now that there's not many of us left they may want to come in," said a former student named Marc, 26.

"We know this place, it's our home and it is a maze. And we have weapons. We're not going to give up now, it's too late for that," he said.

Protesters still have stocks of petrol bombs, bows and arrows and other makeshift weapons after a weekend of fiery clashes.

One protester practiced firing arrows at a campus tower shortly after dawn.

The university on the Kowloon peninsula is the last of five that protesters had occupied to use as bases from which to disrupt the city over the past 10 days, blocking the central Cross-Harbour Tunnel outside and other arteries.

"It's still incredible we defended it for such a long time," said a 21-year-old student named Ricky. "Since the police have taken control, many started to feel afraid and left and now many of us feel desperate and unhappy because we lost some support."

(Reporting by Marius Zaharia and Jessie Pang; Writing by Greg Torode; Editing by Paul Tait)

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