Protesters and Police violently clashed all night long at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. Police attacked with rubber bullets and tear gas, as protesters used petrol bombs and bows and arrows.
As protesters tried to leave the campus they were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. The ones who got caught by police were aggressively detained.
After news of this spread sympathy protests sprung up throughout the city to hopefully ease the pressure on those trapped in the University.
On Monday afternoon the threat of violence looms. Riot police were seen transporting assault rifles. Police confided they were “ready to use.”
Sunday police released a statement saying they were prepared to fire live rounds if necessary.
The protesters are using the PolyU campus as their main base of operations. They have fortified the campus, blocked nearby roads, and the Cross Harbor Tunnel.
According to statistics in 2017, more than 110,000 vehicles use the Cross Harbor Tunnel everyday. As of today the tunnel is still closed.
The police tried clearing the area Monday but were met with intense resistance. Protesters set huge fires and launched a slew of petrol bombs.
Violence is at an all time. It’s been six-months of anti-government demonstrations. The police are now looking to fire live ammunition if the protesters don’t surrender.
Looks like things may get worse before they get better in Hong Kong.
(Cover image courtesy of Metro, video courtesy of YouTube and CNN)