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Police have cordoned off access to PolyU, will not allow press in to the campus unless you’re relieving someone inside. Mixed reports of the truth of that as well. Serious decline of press freedoms in Hong Kong today
Could not get into PolyU campus after speaking w multiple media liasons and trying to explain I was the sole person here from my media org so I was impossible to relieve anyone.
Clashes spread outside of PolyU to Chatham Rd S in TST
Police fired tear gas and charged fwd this young girl was screaming as she was arrested
Riot police run and push aside an older man who tried to come between protesters and police— and then continued firing tear gas
This is what it’s like when police start firing heavily, sprint fwd and everyone starts running amid huge clouds of tear gas
For context, students are defending themselves with milk crates, sheets of wood, garbage cans and plastic buckets of bricks
Orange flag in TST
First time I’ve seen police block press from moving fwd w police after they raised an orange flag, charged again and fired (shortly after end of this video)
Lots of ppl milling about near police action and with no gear. More use of bamboo rods here to block roads and sidewalks mined for bricks
Long supply chain lines are forming to pass bricks to the front line where they’re building a new frontline on Cameron Rd
More supply lines and bamboo street blockades on Nathan Road
Outside of TST police station police station has erected a black tear gas flag - permanently? And riot police are lined up behind the gate while people are praying out in front
Prayer session outside TST police station “praying for peace in this city” as riot police start running through street behind them and black tear gas flag is raised bizarre scene rn
Water cannon down Chatham rd S
Police shooting from armored vehicle, and spraying water cannon as Molotov cocktails explode nearby in Chatham Rd S
Aftermath of this round, protesters coming back to intersection now after police armored vehicle and water cannon retreat
More armored vehicle action and firing on Chatham Rd S
As night falls, hundreds are holding signs saying “save our kids” as they sit down peacefully in front of a police cordon blocking access to PolyU as hundreds are still trapped inside
A pastor is trying to negotiate with police to be able to send one or two reps into the campus, view the situation and give parents more info about their kids trapped inside. So far police have declined. “We’ll keep trying” he told me.
Lots of protesters showing up in support of students trapped at PolyU
March toward polyu police cordón ended in tear gas
New frontline on Mody Rd.— now includes jumbo sized Heineken and Stella Artois umbrellas
Frontline now inching back as police start firing
Police firing tear gas amid a street full of immobile cars on Mody Rd
Tear gas being fired into plaza near foot bridges to PolyU from diff directions. V chaotic rn. Screams in plaza coming from diff side streets Just passed vomit on the ground where someone threw up from tear gas.
Screaming and retreat from tear gas under a huge neon sign for peace :/
One side street that just got hit with tear gas
This was the area where parents were just gathered and pastors were trying to negotiate w police- an hour ago? Now fully empty
Social workers are trying to march forward to the police, theyre holding their registration cards in the air, hoping to talk w police about the humanitarian situation of students inside #polyu rn
Took a break. Back on Chatham Road for a min which has been raging all day
There are SO many walls and barriers that protesters have built down Chatham Rd as they try to launch an effort to save students from #polyu
Huge retreat of protesters as police fire tear gas on Salisbury Rd up near Hong Hum bypass
Another retreat on Mody Rd, one block over from Salisbury, as more tear gas is fired
Ok back on Salisbury. Protesters camped out on bridge overlooking st, gathering again at a barricade, riot police in distance shining blinding flashing lights this direction, more tear gas coming
Molotovs and tear gas as police move to clear Salisbury Rd
New tactic to fanning tear gas is opening and closing umbrella over and over again
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