HK police fire tear gas as protesters injure officer with arrow

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2019

It follows a Hong Kong police officer being admitted to hospital after being shot in the leg by an arrow on Sunday afternoon.

So far, however, the chances protesters would accept the conditions seem unlikely given they would likely be arrested.

On the road leading to the university, police vehicles with water cannons advanced on barricades set up by protesters but pulled back when petrol bombs were thrown.

Up until now, police have mostly used rubber bullets and tear gas against the crowds, but as protesters raise the stakes with their expanding arsenal police may respond in kind.

On Sunday, riot police fired tear gas and used water cannon against protesters at the PolyU, who launched bricks and petrol bombs at them.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is urging its exchange students studying in Hong Kong to return to Canada as violent protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory begin to take over local campuses.

A police truck, deployed to clear the bridge above the tunnel, retreated in reverse after being set ablaze.

A day of intense, rolling clashes on Sunday, which saw a police officer struck in the leg by an arrow and protesters meet police tear gas with volleys of petrol bombs, worsened as night fell.

Owan Li, a student representative at PolyU, told reporters earlier Monday morning that he didn't know how many people were still in the school, and made a plea to avoid bloodshed.

"I hereby warn rioters not to use petrol bombs, arrows, cars or any deadly weapons to attack police officers", police spokesman Louis Lau said.

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Thousands of students and protesters blocked entrances, torn up brick sidewalks for ammunition, and lined every vantage point with Molotov cocktails.

Local residents remove a barricade as anti-government protesters sit in the road outside the University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong.

If protesters left the campus peacefully, he said he would "personally accompany" them to the police station where he would "ensure your case is fairly processed".

Students and protesters this week occupied several major universities around the city - the first time a movement characterised by its fluidity and unpredictability has coagulated in fixed locations - although numbers had dwindled by Saturday.

"This is where the protesters still feel that they can send a message to the government that they are able to stop the city from functioning normally and disrupt the city", she said. The disruption to Nathan Road traffic may have been an attempt to distract police during the standoff at Polytechnic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping this week issued his most strident comments on the crisis, saying it threatened the "one country, two systems" model under which Hong Kong has been ruled since the 1997 handover from Britain.

Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose formation and picked up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street.

Arguments and scuffles also broke out on Saturday between pro-government and pro-democracy activists still occupying parts of a university campus.

The Chinese military is allowed in Hong Kong to help maintain public order, but only at the request of the Hong Kong government. "If we don't fight, Hong Kong will be over", said Ah Lung, a 19-year-old protester. Classes have been canceled since Thursday, after the bureau came under criticism for not doing so earlier.

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