HONG KONG: Hong Kong police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters who tried to break through cordons and reach a university at the centre of a week-long standoff between demonstrators and law enforcement agencies.
The black-clad protesters hurled petrol bombs as they tried to get to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, occupied by activists during a week that has seen the most intense violence in five months of anti-government demonstrations.
“We have been trying to rescue them all day”, said a young man in a blue T-shirt, cap and spectacles, running down Nathan Road, the Kowloon district’s main commercial street. “They are trapped in there.”
Later, about a dozen protesters pinned inside the campus escaped on the backs of waiting motorbikes after lowering themselves with rope onto the road.