13 Photos Show Hong Kong Protesters Launching Molotov Cocktails and Police Firing Tear Gas and Blue Dye as Violence Erupts on a University Campus

 In GDI, Defense, Threats
  • Clashes between Hong Kong police and pro­test­ers esca­lat­ed on Monday, as police stormed the Hong Kong Polytechnic University cam­pus. 
  • Police faced off against pro­test­ers near the cam­pus over the week­end and fired tear gas and water can­nons filled with blue dye which stains clothes and irri­tates the skin.
  • Protesters then bar­ri­cad­ed them­selves in the uni­ver­si­ty and respond­ed by fir­ing molo­tov cock­tails and oth­er makeshift weapons at police. 
  • By Monday morn­ing, pro­test­ers appeared to leave the uni­ver­si­ty en masse amid threats from police to use live rounds and oth­er force­ful dis­per­sal meth­ods.
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Clashes between Hong Kong police and pro­test­ers esca­lat­ed on Monday, as police stormed a uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus that had been occu­pied by pro­test­ers over the week­end. 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, locat­ed in Hung Hom, became a bat­tle­ground for pro-democ­ra­cy pro­test­ers against riot police as demon­stra­tions enter into their sixth month and have seen a major uptick in vio­lence in recent weeks. 

Police faced off against pro­test­ers near the cam­pus over the week­end and fired tear gas and water can­nons filled with blue dye which stains clothes and irri­tates the skin. Protesters then bar­ri­cad­ed them­selves in the uni­ver­si­ty and respond­ed by fir­ing molo­tov cock­tails and oth­er makeshift weapons. 

According to The Washington Post, pro­test­ers have accu­mu­lat­ed a range of weapons to com­bat police, includ­ing javelins and bows and arrows that were like­ly tak­en from the uni­ver­si­ty’s ath­let­ic depart­ment. 

In a state­ment, uni­ver­si­ty author­i­ties said they were “grave­ly con­cerned that the spi­ral­ing rad­i­cal illic­it activ­i­ties will cause not only a tremen­dous safe­ty threat on cam­pus, but also class sus­pen­sion over an indef­i­nite peri­od of time.”

Police on Sunday evening threat­ened to arrest pro­test­ers for riot­ing, an offense which car­ries up to 10 years in prison. By Monday morn­ing, police stormed the cam­pus and threat­ened to use live rounds if pro­test­ers did not “stop assault­ing the police using cars, gas bombs and bows and arrows.”

By Monday morn­ing, video appeared to show pro­test­ers leav­ing the cam­pus en masse. 

Last week, black-clad pro­test­ers occu­pied the Chinese University of Hong Kong near Tai Po for days and clashed with police, hurl­ing bricks and build­ing mas­sive bon­fires to pre­vent author­i­ties from enter­ing the cam­pus. On Tuesday, police said they were work­ing towards reach­ing a “peace­ful solu­tion” but the sit­u­a­tion on the ground “[con­tin­ued] to inten­si­fy.”

“Such vio­lence has reached a dead­ly lev­el, pos­ing a seri­ous threat to Police offi­cers and every­one at scene. The riot­ers threw hard objects and petrol bombs onto Tolo Highway, endan­ger­ing road users’ safe­ty. The riot­ers also ham­pered emer­gency ser­vices includ­ing ambu­lance ser­vices,” Hong Kong Police Force said in a state­ment. 

Police respond­ed with tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets. 

Last week saw a major increase in vio­lent respons­es from both pro­test­ers and police. On Monday, police offi­cers fired live rounds at pro­test­ers at point-blank range, injur­ing one man. On Tuesday, police appeared to pep­per-spray a woman direct­ly in the face dur­ing a tense stand­off near Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

A 57-year-old man on Monday was set on fire dur­ing a dis­agree­ment with pro­test­ers in Ma On Shan. On Wednesday, police say a 70-year-old pedes­tri­an sus­tained head injuries and lat­er died after being hit in the head with a brick in Sheung Shui. On Sunday morn­ing, police say an offi­cer was injured in the leg after a pro­test­er fired off a bow and arrow near The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Here are 13 strik­ing pho­tos which show how Monday’s vio­lence unfold­ed. 

Source: Business Insider (Military & Defense)

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