Handful of Hong Kong protesters give up as college siege staggers on

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HONG KONG (Information) – At the very least eight protesters who had been holding out at a trashed Hong Kong college surrendered to police within the early hours of Friday, whereas others desperately looked for escape routes as riot officers surrounded the campus.

Anti-government protesters wait to offer themselves as much as the police as they depart the campus of the Polytechnic College (PolyU) in Hong Kong, China November 21, 2019. Information/Thomas Peter

The siege on the Polytechnic College on the Kowloon peninsula gave the impression to be nearing an finish with the variety of protesters dwindling to lower than 100, days after among the worst violence since anti-government demonstrations escalated in June.

The temper on the near-deserted campus was calm because the solar rose after an evening the place some protesters roamed the grounds seeking undercover officers. Others hid, terrified they might be arrested by infiltrators.

“We’re feeling just a little drained. All of us really feel drained however we won’t surrender making an attempt to get out,” stated a 23-year-old demonstrator who gave his identify solely as Shiba as he ate noodles with egg and sausage within the protesters’ canteen.

“We spent yesterday looking for methods to get exterior however failed, so we got here for some breakfast,” he stated.

A Information reporter noticed six black-clad protesters holding palms stroll towards police traces, whereas a primary help employee stated two extra surrendered later.

Demonstrators are offended at what they see as Chinese language meddling in freedoms promised to Hong Kong when the previous British colony returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 and are calling for full democracy, amongst different calls for.

Beijing has stated it’s dedicated to the “one nation, two methods” system below which Hong Kong is ruled. It denies meddling in Hong Kong affairs and accuses overseas governments, together with Britain and america, of stirring up hassle.

One older protester, who estimated solely round 30 demonstrators remained, stated some had given up in search of escape routes and had been now making new weapons to guard themselves in case police stormed the campus.

The Chinese language-ruled metropolis has loved two days and nights of relative calm forward of district council elections which are because of happen on Sunday.

The federal government has stated it’s dedicated to continuing with the elections and is monitoring the scenario to make sure the election will be held safely.

All polling stations might be guarded by armed officers in riot gear for the primary time within the historical past of native elections, the South China Morning Submit reported.

Reporting Clare Jim and Alun John; Writing by By Anne Marie Roantree; Modifying by Paul Tait