- Hong Kong Protests: 1,100 People Arrested in a Day, 3,900 Petrol Bombs Found at University
HONG KONG: About 1,100 people were arrested in one day as Hong Kong police officers found more than 3,900 petrol bombs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the most found in one location in the city.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday (Nov 19), a police spokesperson said staff from CUHK and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) had reported theft of dangerous chemicals from their laboratories. “It’s alarming that universities in Hong Kong (have) turned into weapon factories,” he said. “Regarding the standstill at (PolyU), the police have been searching for a peaceful resolution.
“Using force has always been the last resort in response to the violence of the rioters.” Dozens of protesters barricaded inside PolyU have refused to surrender as police laid siege on the campus for the third day in a row.
The protesters ignored police warnings and refused to leave, the police spokesperson added. About 1,100 people were arrested in a day for offences including taking part in riots and possession of offensive weapons.