as always, u can get 9 streams at once here
“come back! come back! polyU needs you! woleifei, come back!”
in 5 months ive never heard begging more desperate
“saujuk, please tuck your shirts in!”
saujuk = comrades
we tuck our shirts in to make it harder for undercover cops to blend in. since they often have sidearms strapped to their waists, tucking shirts in will either reveal the gun or make it hard to draw
protestors are trying to create distance between them and police by throwing molotovs in the gaps
protestors appear to be trying to advance, but the water cannon truck has appeared. water has been fired, hitting a building nearby. the fires keep burning
a police car speeds past — 2 police cars — chasing after the protestors, who have run away
police began dispersal action; used an armor truck. police and protestors are now facing off near the science museum
police are now weaving in between cars, rifles up and pointing into the car windows
they’ve formed a very condensed block, using the cover of the umbrellas to move forward
ok my screenshots are NOT LOADING so no pics
forgive me; im an islander thru and thru and am v unfamiliar with kowloon roads ><
someone is shouting “if you have a respirator/gas mask, go forward!” he’s shouted that 4-5 times, tho, so it may be that not many there have gas masks...
again: these in TST are protestors with NO GEAR, NO WEAPONS.
from what i can see, no gas masks. some are coughing from the tear gas
i did not see this happen, but that’s fucking ridiculous. last i saw the parents were just sitting
the difference of tonight/today’s action is that it’s not to deter police: it’s an active offensive, trying to get thru police lines into PolyU
reporter says that water cannon truck and armored truck appear here often
about 30 policemen are stopping cars on the bridge outside the hung hom stadium and shining their laser flashlights at pedestrians
it’s difficult to walk/form a shield wall here because there are bricks and other debris scattered across the road
tear gas fills the street. protestors have taken shelter temporarily under a building.
these ones are clearly less well-equipped than their friends in Jordan
the reporter said that protestors have several times succeeded in throwing molotovs onto the bridge; in response, police shoot tear gas down at the protestors
they appear to all have come from MK
the backline are also advancing, umbrellas up, to close the gap with the frontliners
protestors have retreated, further back than before. they’re now back on Nathan Road
seems like it’s too difficult to go down Gascoigne: tear gas + other bullets from above and a water truck directly in their path
main road into PolyU. police fired many rounds of tear gas; protestors moved back into the observatory (? i guess the building is there)
protestors cannot push thru further onto CRS
police seem to have retreated away from the roadblock, down CRS
(this is at intersection of observatory road and CRS)
lots of police advancing down the street. they are shouting at two reporters, waving their laser beams at them wildly and pointing their batons directly at the reporters.
(sorry i can’t tell where this is)
a worried resident peers down from above — brave move, because there’s H E L L A tear gas
“traffic info: 16 MTR stations will close at 9pm tonight”
or i guess they’ve already closed at 9pm tonight
i havent been directly sprayed, but i’ve been in contact with blue water and it stings every orifice on your face
please, please, please check the corner this time!!!!
they need reporters!!!
protestors have thrown molotovs in return; police also fire rubber bullets and tear gas
brb 5 min break
water cannon truck plus an entire line of riot police, both advancing towards where the protestors are
a protestor shouted and two policemen whirled around to aim guns down a side street
and those two raptors have wrestled a man onto the ground
surreal bc there are so many yellow-vested first-aiders and press, but they can only watch helplessly as the police frogmarch him back behind their lines
there are at least 30 riot police/raptors on this stretch of nathan road
to see riot police swarming all over it, full-armed, is surreal
(also a policeman is screaming at press, again.}
bc protestors can easily identify police/govt vehicles, police often turn to unmarked cars to surprise protestors
once arrested, he likely will face the harshest punishment bc he was found on gascoigne, where fierce fighting happened
“saujuk at PolyU have high morale — they’re itching to get home! let’s all go together! we’ll escort them home together!
one more road — chatham south — and we will win.
need people at chatham! need people at chatham!”
BUT OMG an overeager kid with a molotov hit another protestor — the one who was hit quickly threw off the bag
*rioter’s uni = affectionate name for CUHK. this was the group that coordinated supplies for the CUHK battle
protestors’ line BROKE in a panic — their molotovs must’ve burned their own frontline. as i typed, another molotov landed directly on the frontline protestors
it seems they are either increasingly tired, leading to mistakes, or increasingly desperate/impatient
“saujuk! be careful with the fire magic! stop hitting our own side!!!!!"
i was about to commend them for only having frontliners throw molotovs — but then the frontliner stepped into a molotov as he backed into the line
please be careul!!!!
escorted by police???? WOT
reporter not allowed in; police said “he did not register! block him! block him!”
seems like the molotovs are keeping police at bay, but also preventing protestor advance ><
when the group passed the protestors’ barricade, protestors shouted insults at the officials
from what i can see, fires, fires, fires: protestors are increasingly close to the fires??? and the line appears to have scattered??
im worried for them — looks like they’ve hidden out onto a side street
someone else says they got tear gased at a “safe” exit (y core) — “we don’t trust the police”
hku dude: there are HS principals outside, if u want we can wait till they come in and we all leave tgt--
(booming sounds behind, students are doing smth)
i can feel the exapseration emanating from this masked protestor
protestor: are you sure u can guarantee—
jasper: how about we talk about this to the side so we dont crowd the others
EMS: if u really ant a resolution, how about both sides take a step back. police, retreat. protestors here will leave peacefully
HKU dude: /is speechless
i…dk how police will react to that, kid
cheungdatming, jaspertsang arrived at PolyU suddenly; led here by protect the kids; convo with protestors; they express hope that everyone can leave peacefully
protestor: those staying are those who dont want to leave + not fear conviction but fear abuse
stream cuts off, but from what i heard, the EMS asked if CTM can guarantee that ll protestors can leave without violent arrest + no abuse at all while in police station
also, several protestors have been subdued by police ><
and reporter reaffirms that he heard real bullets fired
“leave! leave! someone set a fire!” — police, from the bridge
we came here to try to guarantee to these youth…they came in here not to participate in violence, and now they cannot leave. i received pleas of help from adults who are trying to care for these kids. --
i came in here to promise to bring them out. i cannot promise that if they go out they won’t be arrested; we’ve been speaking to police and police feel that they cannot do that.
we can guarantee however that no one who leaves will receive undue abuse. (lost smth here)
we are discussing how to speak to the youths, we dont want them to feel fear or experience abuse when they leave
JT: we will follow police procedure
reporter: (asked smth)
JT: i didnt set any terms. im just answering a plea to bring the young kids out
r: what about older kids?
JT: if they are willing to leave peacefully, welcome
he said smth about following rule of law
hang on my twitter is lagging
JT: follow me, then. if we go out, then i’ll be tear gassed first, right. you just folow me then.
hrd to communicate his tone but when he said that i didnt like it
it seems he just means that minors will leave without violence or abuse from police, but may still suffer legal consequnece; older protestors are fucked, essentially
if someone else can keep this going, i’d be very grateful