About 100 anti-government protesters remained in detention at a university in Hong Kong on Tuesday, when a police siege on campus saw its third day.
City guide Carrie Lam said 600 people have left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200 who are younger than 18 years old. The police have surrounded the university and arrested anyone leaving the university. Groups of demonstrators made several attempts to flee on Monday, including slipping hoses down to waiting motorcycles. However, according to the Associated Press, it was not clear whether they had escaped the arrest. ATTEMPT TO CLEAN THE UNIVERSITY OF THE UNIVERSITY
Lam said those under the age of 1
"We will continue to use every means to persuade these remaining protesters to leave the campus as soon as possible so that the entire operation can end peacefully," she said after a weekly meeting with counselors
Now, in its fifth month, the Hong Kong protest movement has steadily increased as local and Beijing authorities tighten their positions and reject concessions. The universities became the newest battlefield last week, with demonstrators occupying several locations and using petrol bombs, bows and arrows to ward off riot police backed by armored cars and water cannons. Those at the Polytechnic are the last remnants.
Social media users exchanged videos and photos of the stalemate between anti-government demonstrators at the university and the police. One user said the police left unarmed protesters behind when they were arrested. Other users shared a video from World News in which police used tear gas on the university campus refugees.
China, which took control of the former British colony in 1997 and promised to maintain its autonomy, flexed its muscles and dispatched troops to their barracks in a cleanup operation over the weekend.
China's ambassador to the UK accused Britain and the US of meddling in the country's internal affairs and warned that the Chinese government "will not be on our hands" when the situation in Hong Kong becomes "uncontrollable".
"These rioters are also criminals, and they face the consequences of their actions," said Cheuk Hau-yip, the commander of Kowloon West District, where Polytechnic University is located.
"Apart from me I do not see any viable option for them, "he continued, adding that the police have the ability and determination to end the stalemate. NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM
Lam asked if she could Hong Kong-based Chinese troops said that their government remained confident in coping with the situation and that China's Supreme Court ruling may also overturn Monday's ruling to impose a ban on face masks designed to prevent demonstrators from concealing their identity in order to escape arrest It was said Monday that the ban violated fundamental rights more than was reasonably necessary. The ban was widely disregarded.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.