Date: November 19, 2019
By: Greg Norman
The families of some of the last remaining Hong Kong anti-government protesters who are occupying the besieged Polytechnic University fear the situation could spiral into “a Tiananmen 2.0” if police move in to make arrests.
As of early Wednesday, around 100 people are estimated to still be inside the campus’ buildings, following days of clashes with police. Demonstrators have pushed back by launching gasoline bombs and firing arrows from bows.
"I'm worried when the police go in to attack there will be heavy casualties, a Tiananmen 2.0," the mother of an 18-year-old protester told the AFP, referring to the 1989 pro-democracy uprising in Beijing.
Police are awaiting the final protesters to come out of the university buildings after some of the most intense fighting Hong Kong has seen in more than five months. Since police surrounded the university on Sunday, more than 1,000 people were arrested and hundreds of those injured in the clashes have been treated at hospitals, authorities said.
Several groups have tried to escape in recent days. One of them slid down hoses from a footbridge to waiting motorcycles but police said they intercepted 37, including the drivers, who were arrested for “assisting offenders."
A police officer prepares to fire tear gas canisters during a clash with protesters near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Monday. ((AP))
One protester told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he had no plan and was waiting for help. Another said he wanted to leave safely but without being charged. They would not give their full names, saying they feared arrest. [FULL STORY]