Hong Kong police seal off college, elevating fears of crackdown

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HONG KONG (Information) – Hong Kong police fired tear fuel and rubber bullets on Monday to power again anti-government protesters attempting to flee a college the place a whole lot are holed up with petrol bombs and different do-it-yourself weapons amid fears of a bloody crackdown.

A protester carries a molotov cocktail close to Hong Kong Polytechnic College (PolyU) throughout clashes with police in Hong Kong, China November 18, 2019. Information/Tyrone Siu

Protesters inside Polytechnic College confronted off in opposition to a police water cannon and armored autos. Police threatened to fireplace stay bullets if “rioters” didn’t cease utilizing deadly weapons.

Protesters have blocked one of many metropolis’s main arteries, the Cross-Harbour Tunnel linking Hong Kong island to the Kowloon peninsula, for a lot of the previous week.

Following is the newest information from the protests:

– 0156 p.m. on Monday (0556 GMT): Training Bureau says all colleges will shut on Tuesday whereas kindergartens and particular colleges will likely be closed for the remainder of the week.

– 0515 GMT on Monday: Polytechnic College says it has requested a gathering with police to debate a option to resolve the standoff peacefully.

– 0513 GMT on Monday: Lots of of individuals take to the streets of the central enterprise district within the newest in a collection of lunchtime protests which have taken place because the starting of final week.

– 0506 GMT on Monday: A number of Asian airways have lower flights to Hong Kong over the approaching weeks, in line with business scheduling publication Routes On-line.

– 0502 GMT on Monday: Hong Kong’s Excessive Court docket guidelines British colonial-era emergency legislation revived by the federal government to ban protesters carrying face masks was unconstitutional.

– 0446 GMT on Monday: Polytechnic College’s president Jin-Guang Teng says in a pre-recorded video that he had he had brokered a truce with police to permit protesters to depart the campus peacefully, however it was unclear whether or not a truce was taking impact.

– 0422 GMT on Monday: The Overseas Correspondents’ Membership of Hong Kong condemns the efforts by law enforcement officials to hinder press protection of protests over the weekend.

– 0318 GMT on Monday: Police hearth a number of rounds of tear fuel in Tsim Sha Tsui in mid-morning attempting to clear protesters who had returned to the streets and arrange barricades – broadcaster RTHK reported.

– 0222 GMT on Monday: America condemned the “unjustified use of power” in Hong Kong and known as on Beijing to guard Hong Kong’s freedoms.

– 0158 GMT on Monday: Police arrested at the least 60 individuals on Science Museum Street close by the Polytechnic College – broadcaster RTHK reported.

– 0152 GMT on Monday: Hong Kong Polytechnic College pupil union appearing president Ken Woo says at the least 500 persons are nonetheless contained in the campus and he believed some 70-100 meant to depart however have been pushed again as police fired volleys of tear fuel – Broadcaster RTHK cited Woo as saying in a program.

– 2256 GMT on Sunday: MTR says East Rail Line between Hung Hom and Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau stations on the border will likely be in service however it could droop or alter providers.

– 2255 GMT on Sunday: Transport Division says Cross-Harbour Tunnel and main roads in Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok are closed, whereas about 170 units of visitors lights are underneath restore.

– 2241 GMT on Sunday: Police make clear that no “raiding” operation was performed inside Polytechnic College. Police attraction to everybody contained in the campus to depart instantly.

– 2154 GMT Sunday: Police say three pictures have been fired in early hours in Jordan Street as “rioters” attacked two law enforcement officials after they escorted an arrested 20-year-old girl to an ambulance. Police say the pictures didn’t hit anybody however the girl escaped.

– 2141 GMT Sunday: Protesters inside Hong Kong Polytechnic College campus set the principle entrance on hearth as police try to maneuver in.

– 1842 GMT Sunday: Police warn drivers to not use their autos to dam roads in Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan districts and hinder police operations.

Reporting by Donny Kwok; Modifying by Nick Macfie