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Hong Kong: Chief Executive Lam urges 'peaceful resolution' of PolyU stand-off

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
November 19, 2019 at 10:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam called for 'peaceful resolution' of the stand-off between police forces and protesters remaining inside the Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus. Lam was speaking at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

"This objective could only be achieved with the full cooperation of the protesters, including, of course, the rioters that they have to stop violence, give up their weapons and come out peacefully and take the instructions from the police," said Lam.

She went on to say that the police had been instructed not to arrest under-aged protesters who remain in the campus. "If they come out peacefully, we will just put down their data. So we make a record of their personal data and they may then leave the campus and return to home," said Lam.

The Chief Executive was asked whether the government would ask for help from the Chinese troops based in Hong Kong. "If we were not able to undertake any operations to arrest these rioters who are resorting to escalating violence... we would not be able to demonstrate and convey that competence in dealing with the situation," said the official.

Nearly 100 protesters remain inside the PolyU campus surrounded by police after hundreds of activists escaped or were evacuated overnight.

On Monday, police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon.

Polytechnic University has become the scene of some of the most intense confrontations between police and protesters in more than five months of unrest in the Chinese territory.

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. The rallies have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam called for 'peaceful resolution' of the stand-off between police forces and protesters remaining inside the Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus. Lam was speaking at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

"This objective could only be achieved with the full cooperation of the protesters, including, of course, the rioters that they have to stop violence, give up their weapons and come out peacefully and take the instructions from the police," said Lam.

She went on to say that the police had been instructed not to arrest under-aged protesters who remain in the campus. "If they come out peacefully, we will just put down their data. So we make a record of their personal data and they may then leave the campus and return to home," said Lam.

The Chief Executive was asked whether the government would ask for help from the Chinese troops based in Hong Kong. "If we were not able to undertake any operations to arrest these rioters who are resorting to escalating violence... we would not be able to demonstrate and convey that competence in dealing with the situation," said the official.

Nearly 100 protesters remain inside the PolyU campus surrounded by police after hundreds of activists escaped or were evacuated overnight.

On Monday, police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon.

Polytechnic University has become the scene of some of the most intense confrontations between police and protesters in more than five months of unrest in the Chinese territory.

Hong Kong has been rocked by protests sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. The rallies have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.

MANDATORY CREDIT: HKSAR Government

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