Published: Mon, November 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hong Kong protesters use arrows, catapults and petrol bombs against police

Hong Kong protesters use arrows, catapults and petrol bombs against police

Intense clashes throughout yesterday, which saw a police officer struck in the leg by an arrow and protesters meet police tear gas with volleys of petrol bombs, rolled overnight across the Kowloon district, as a call went out to defend the besieged campus.

People, trying to clear a road full of bricks laid by protesters, fight with protesters in Hong Kong.

Police surrounded the area on Sunday night and began moving in after issuing an ultimatum for people to leave the area.

Riot officers broke in one entrance before dawn as fires raged inside and outside the school, but they didn't appear to get very far.

But after the most recent round of protests, numerous social media users captured photos of army soldiers wearing their green and black uniforms on the streets. Some walked around with bows and arrows, many blunt training arrows, others sharpened or wrapped in gauze, ready to be lit on fire.

Waving Chinese national flags and posters, they chanted slogans including "support police to enforce law solemnly" and "Hong Kong cockroaches, trash of our times" - mocking one of the democracy movement's major slogans, "reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times".

Protesters react outside of Hong Kong Polytechnic University as police storm the campus in Hong Kong, early Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. "The protesters have been reacting to the police".

The protesters would be able to leave peacefully, Prof Teng said, if they stopped "initiating the use of force".

It seemed unlikely the protesters would accept the offer given that they would all likely be arrested. Photos on the department's Facebook page show the arrow sticking out of the back of the officer's lower leg through his trousers.

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

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

The Hong Kong police long-range acoustic device (LRAD) mounted on one of the force's armoured vehicles outside Polytechnic University.

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The protests started against a now shelved bill to allow extradition to China but have billowed into wider calls for democracy. Violence has escalated, and tensions have spread overseas, sparking friction between China and Britain, which governed Hong Kong until 1997.

A large fire held off an apparent police advance on the Hong Kong campus where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were holed up early today, hours after officers warned they may use "live rounds" if confronted by deadly weapons in a unsafe escalation of the near six-month crisis engulfing the city.

A fire burns near the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, early Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Protesters have blocked access to the tunnel for days and set fires in the toll booths.

A large group of people arrived Sunday morning to try to clean up the road but were warned away by protesters.

Police fired 1,567 tear-gas canisters, 1,312 rubber bullets and 380 beanbag rounds throughout Hong Kong on Tuesday.

They are the holdouts from larger groups that occupied several major campuses for much of last week.

Many protesters wore gas masks or tied handkerchiefs over their mouths and noses to protect them from clouds of tear gas.

In the last 22 years since the former British colony was returned to Chinese control, the national military has only been seen on the streets once, to help with cleanup operations after a typhoon last year.

In unusually harsh language, he said students were turning university campuses into "weapons factories" and a "hotbed" of crime.

But Mr. Wong, who fled Hong Kong about two months ago for safety concerns, said the burden of resolving the conflicts lies with the Hong Kong government and the police.

Hong Kong's government, which presides over a city that enjoys greater freedoms than the mainland, said it did not ask the PLA for help on Saturday.

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