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17 Nov 2019 | 11:47 PM UTC

Hong Kong: Police storm protester-barricaded Polytechnic University campus November 18 /update 162

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Hong Kong police storm protester-barricaded Polytechnic University campus early (local time) November 18, with protesters retaining control over most of the campus by dawn; further protest activity and clashes to be expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong, Polytechnic University

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Event

Hong Kong police stormed the protester-barricaded Polytechnic University campus early (local time) on Monday, November 18, after issuing an ultimatum for demonstrators to disperse. Police reportedly arrested several people as some demonstrators launched Molotov cocktails at the advancing officers. Protesters continued to occupy most of the campus as of dawn on Monday.

The MTR public transport network announced disruptions on the East Rail Line and the Light Rail on Sunday, November 17, due to vandalism at certain stations. Up-to-date information on train service and station closures can be found on the MTR website.

Further protests may be organized with little warning and a heightened security presence is likely across Hong Kong until the political situation in the city fully stabilizes. Severe transportation and business disruptions are to be expected during all periods of protest activity. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

Tensions significantly escalated across the territory on November 11, after a police officer shot a protester in Sai Wan Ho. Later in the day, a man confronting protesters was reportedly set on fire.

On September 4, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, which would have allowed authorities in Hong Kong to extradite fugitives wanted in mainland China and other territories. The bill sparked mass protests of up to 2 million people throughout Hong Kong since June 9. However, protest actions have continued since the government's announcement, as protesters' demands evolved into a wider pro-democracy movement, calling for government reforms and police accountability over violence.

Demonstrations have spread from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories in recent weeks and have also become increasingly violent. Activists have also accused the police of using unnecessary force in their attempts to disperse protesters.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations, prepare for disruptions to transportation and business around protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Individuals are also advised to avoid wearing black and white colors around protest zones or rallies as they are associated with protesters.

 

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