The Hong Kong authorities ordered the protesters barricaded inside the polytechnic to surrender.
Local authorities threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates
Update 1: Mr. Owan Lee, Council member of the university asked graduates to support the students on the school campus. He said students staying on the campus are panicking.
Update 2: Witnesses said Hong Kong police has stormed into PolyU campus, where students are still defending themselves with petrol bombs.
— James Pomfret (@jamespomfret) November 17, 2019
The battle between Polytechnic University protesters and police started again on Sunday, after pro-Beijing supporters tried to clear barricades but were stopped by students.
The entrances to the PolyU, the Hong Kong Polytechnic, in the Hung Hom district, are currently blocked by police riot teams and armored vehicles.
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) November 17, 2019
It is not possible to enter or leave the facility.
People fleeing the polytechnic are arrested on the spot, including journalists, doctors, and nurses.
— Kris Cheng (@krislc) November 17, 2019
Some agents are equipped with AR15 rifles.
During the day, the police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and blue dye from water cannons.
An agent was hit by an arrow shot by protesters.
The demonstrators to defend the structure, raised barricades and improvised walls , launching incendiary bottles and sometimes also arrows.
Many people who have come to the university to support the protesters are now locked inside.
Meanwhile other groups of protesters try to rescue PolyU students by distracting the police with operations in the surrounding areas.
#LIVE: The “Rescue PolyU” operation is full-on. Protesters are wrecking havoc in the nearby Ho Man Tin neighbourhood in order to distract the police around the beleaguered @HongKongPolyU. Dozens of protesters are turning a constriction site upside down. #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/evJArBYk7D
— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) November 17, 2019
To save the students trapped in #PolyU, #hongkongers from all districts took to streets and tried to counter-contain #hkpolice, in order to buy time for students to escape. Ppl don’t want anyone getting killed by live bullets tonight. #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/143RjGUFfQ
— Demosistō 香港眾志 😷 (@demosisto) November 17, 2019
— Shing (@SaveHongKongPlx) November 17, 2019
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