- Armoured Police Vehicle Set Ablaze as Hong Kong Violence Escalates
HONG KONG: An armoured police vehicle was set ablaze on Sunday (Nov 17) by a barrage of petrol bombs as it tried to clear a flyover of protesters near a flashpoint university campus. As flames engulfed the front of the vehicle the driver slowly reversed, according to live-streamed video of the incident shown by several local media.
Scores of protesters have dug in at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) vowing to defend it from police and to maintain a blockade on the nearby Cross Harbour Tunnel, which has been closed for several days.
Clashes spread into Sunday evening, as protesters met water cannon with petrol bombs and police tried to clear the bridge above the Cross-Harbour Tunnel where protesters took cover behind umbrellas.
Protesters set fire to debris on the bridge, in turn setting off a series of small explosions, forcing many to flee. The fire brigade moved in after about half an hour to douse the flames.
IN PICTURES: Rioters throw petrol bombs and catapult bricks at the police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University. (Photos: AFP)