Clean-up begins in Hong Kong after week of chaos and destruction

Clean-up begins in Hong Kong after week of chaos and destruction

Pro-democracy campaigners fired used petrol bombs, arrows and even catapults against police as the battle for power in Hong Kong moved to a university campus in the Chinese territory's central Kowloon district.

Meanwhile, young protesters blocked roads near Hong Kong Polytechnic University on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Anti-China students and activists have since barricaded at least four other campuses this week, stockpiling petrol bombs, catapults, bows and arrows, and other weapons. "And the device may fit the definition of a weapon because of this", Wong said, adding that the public should keep a watch on how police might use LRADs again. "If we don't fight, Hong Kong will be over", said Ah Lung, a 19-year-old protester. Blood stains streak the ground inside and medics sit in rows outside, waiting to be taken into custody by Hong Kong police.

Jin-Guang Teng said police would allow protesters to leave and he would accompany them to the police station to ensure their cases would be processed fairly.

On Sunday, a member of police staff was hit in the leg with an arrow apparently fired by a protester from a bow.

People, trying to clear a road full of bricks laid by protesters, fight with protesters in Hong Kong.

On Monday morning, the head of the university, Professor Jin-Guang Teng, released a video statement to protesters, saying he had arranged a deal with the police. "The protesters have been reacting to the police".

The Hong Kong police long-range acoustic device (LRAD) mounted on one of the force's armoured vehicles outside Polytechnic University.

Anti-government protesters run as tear gas is fired by the police.

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Fiery explosions could be seen inside Hong Kong's Polytechnic University as riot officers stormed into the building before dawn on Monday after both sides refused to back down.

Around the same time, the Hong Kong Journalist Association released a statement, stating that all journalists leaving the university will be arrested "unless they can provide valid press verification documents"-citing a phone call with the police".

According to multiple reports, pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong demanded to know why the soldiers were present on the streets, and were told that the Hong Kong government did not request any clean up help from the PLA, but that the troops were merely there on a voluntary basis.

Hong Kong police threatened on Monday to fire live bullets if "rioters" did not stop using lethal weapons in the latest flare up in anti-government protests that have convulsed the Chinese-ruled city for five months. Until Saturday, Chinese troops in the city had remained inside their base during the protests.

"Otherwise we will use force, including live rounds".

Earlier on Sunday, dozens of government supporters gathered to clear barricades near the university campus - a sign of the divisions slicing through the city.

The violence prompted mainland Chinese students to flee Hong Kong, as classes were suspended at primary and secondary schools.

Demonstrators, angry at what they see as Chinese meddling in the former British colony which has had autonomous status since returning to Chinese rule in 1997, have said they are responding to excessive use of force by police.

Chinese state media repeatedly broadcast comments made on Thursday by Mr Xi, in which he denounced the unrest and said "stopping violence and controlling chaos while restoring order is now Hong Kong's most urgent task".

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