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Hong Kong: Protesters surrender to police at PolyU on third day of standoff

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
November 19, 2019 at 17:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters besieged at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) began surrendering to the security forces on Tuesday as the university standoff entered its third day.

Footage shows students, some of them covering their faces with hoodies, being escorted out of the University premises by riot police officers, as they are taken to police vans parked outside.

The President of PolyU Teng Jin-Guang addressed the press while accompanying some of the students leaving the campus.

"All the students, when we know they're coming out, as President I go to meet them as they exit and then, I or my colleague will accompany them to the police station to make sure these cases are properly processed. This is what I promised to students two days ago. That is what we are doing now," Teng Jin-Guang explained.

Hundreds remain barricaded inside the university with water and food supplies reportedly running out.

According to media reports, the Hong Kong police secured a deal with politicians and education representatives that allowed people under the age of 18 to go home after having all their personal information recorded.

Police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon at the university campus on Monday.

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Hong Kong has been rocked by protests sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March.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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Protesters besieged at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) began surrendering to the security forces on Tuesday as the university standoff entered its third day.

Footage shows students, some of them covering their faces with hoodies, being escorted out of the University premises by riot police officers, as they are taken to police vans parked outside.

The President of PolyU Teng Jin-Guang addressed the press while accompanying some of the students leaving the campus.

"All the students, when we know they're coming out, as President I go to meet them as they exit and then, I or my colleague will accompany them to the police station to make sure these cases are properly processed. This is what I promised to students two days ago. That is what we are doing now," Teng Jin-Guang explained.

Hundreds remain barricaded inside the university with water and food supplies reportedly running out.

According to media reports, the Hong Kong police secured a deal with politicians and education representatives that allowed people under the age of 18 to go home after having all their personal information recorded.

Police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon at the university campus on Monday.

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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