It seems that the police were trying to intervene on the campus of the Kowloon peninsula, but it was rejected by the protesters who were determined to retain their positions.
New escalation of tension in Hong Kong. Protesters who took part in the protest protest burned the entrance to the Hong Kong campus on Monday, November 18, to prevent police intervention. Security forces threaten to respond with "live ammunition" to "deadly weapons" protesters after a policeman was injured on Sunday by an arrow shot by a protester.
Several loud explosions were heard on Monday at dawn, before a wall of low appeared at the entrance to the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (PolyU), now the bastion in the dispute. It seems that the police were trying to intervene on the campus of the Kowloon peninsula, but it was rejected by the protesters who were determined to retain their positions. Police say they fired three bullets early in the morning near the university and stated that no one had been injured.
China has repeatedly warned that it would not tolerate disagreement and concern is growing in the former British colony, facing the possibility of a Chinese intervention to end this challenge. The democratic movement, which began in June, has reached new heights in recent days.
The campus and the nearby entrance to the Cross Harbor Tunnel ̵
On the outskirts of campus, protesters protected themselves with umbrellas from the powerful water jets from police water cannons. Law enforcement officials described the campus as a "riot zone," where riots can be punished with up to ten years in prison. Police blocked his access, while his spokesman, Louis Lau, sent a strong warning on Facebook.
"I beg the rebels here not to use Molotov cocktails, arrows, cars or deadly weapons to attack the police" he said. "If they pursued such dangerous acts, we had no choice but to use the minimum force required, including live ammunition, to strike back" .
Monday, the protesters anchored on campus feared the attack. "I'm scared, there's no way out, all I can do is fight to the end" said an activist. Owen Li, a member of PolyU's board and student, said the panic had seized a few hundred residents on campus. "Many friends feel helpless (…) We call out the whole community and help us" he said.
AFP journalists observed that protesters trying to leave the campus sometimes met with tear gas and were forced to return to the university. PolyU president Teng Jinguang, however, sent a video message that he was getting police guarantees. "We got insurance from the police for you to leave campus peacefully" he said. "I will personally accompany you to the police force to ensure that your case is treated fairly"
Protesters want to continue blocking on Monday, for "stifles the economy" by one of the world's largest financial hub, now in recession.