As police continued to bomb protesters in the water of the canyon, they warned of stronger measures to follow.
"We will use some force," police said in a Facebook video. "We ask the rioters to stop attacking the police with cars, gas bombs and bows and arrows. Otherwise, we will use force including live rounds."
The whole The day's march began early with police insisting on the front line of protesters with water cannons flowing in irritating blue liquids and tear gas volleys. Protesters responded to molotov barrages cocktails.At one moment, a police contact officer was struck with the calf by an arrow.
Much of the fighting centered on the bridge that led to the campus from the nearby metro station, which was filled. barricades protesting. At nightfall, they repeatedly set it apart to prevent police from advancing to the university.
Police announced at 9 pm that the "next round of operations" was underway , which hangs g speculation that they are storming the campus. They threatened to arrest those involved in charges of uprising, which could result in a sentence of up to 1
0 years in prison.
The university authorities have asked students not to be involved in violence. In a statement, they said they were "deeply concerned that radical activities prohibited would cause not only a massive threat to campus safety, but also suspension of the class over an indefinite period of time. "
The university in Kowloon follows a major cross-harbor tunnel blocked by protesters in the past by firing toll booths. Universities have become the latest flash points in protests that have rocked this semiautonomous territory at its core.
In the face of an increasingly violent police crackdown, protesters carried out an eclectic spectrum of weapons, including bows and arrows and spears – possibly awarded from the campus athletic departments.
In Sunday's clashes, the main weapon of the protesters appeared to be gas bombs. For a moment, a police van traveling to their barricades was neatly fixed by a slippery molotov cocktails and forced to retreat.
Polytechnic University was one of the last campus bells following a week-long protest centered on city universities. After Hong Kong's Chinese University put up police last week, protesters blocked other campuses as well as major roads, stopping the city and schools.
On Saturday, members of the People's Liberation Army, China's military, withdrew. their barracks to help clear the roads built by protesting universities. This is the PLA's first appearance on the streets of Hong Kong since the pro-democracy protests erupted in June.
As a semiautonomous territory, Hong Kong is legally distinct from mainland China. While the presence of the army here has not yet taken place – it also appeared in September 2018 to help with disaster relief following the severe hit from Hurricane Mangkhut – the move was a subtle but significant development. Under Hong Kong law, the PLA may not interfere with local activities unless invited by the Hong Kong government.
On Saturday, the Hong Kong government denied that it had invited the PLA to clean the roads, saying the work was a "voluntary. Community activity," according to Chinese state-owned CGTN . The development has garnered sharp criticism from pro-democracy lawmakers, who said it was illegal and a PR stunt by Beijing to normalize the presence of troops in the territory.
At a peaceful rally in Hong Kong's central district, Alex said the development was
"They cannot volunteer because they are soldiers," said the 35-year-old clerk who had just given of his first name for fear of revenge. "They are sending a message that they will come out. They will take action if the situation does not improve."
The Bureau of Education announced that all classes would be canceled on Monday. Classes were suspended for most of last week. as protests and a strike paralyzed the city Two university campuses called for the rest of the semester.
Anna Kam and Tiffany Liang contributed to this report.