The clash between police and protesters defending Polytechnic University and the surrounding areas continues. Police have fired tear gas non-stop since 10 am today near Polytechnic University campus.
While the police fired a barrage of tear gas, protestors in the frontline protected journalists with umbrellas as they left the scene.
At around 11:56, police fired tear gas incessantly for around 2 minutes in Cheong Wan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
At around 12:00, Riot police continued to fire tear gas despite recent warnings from chemical experts condemning how it’s creating a public health issue.
Later, the black flag is hoist by the police and rifles are pointed horizontally at the direction of PolyU.
Since more riot police reinforcements arrived at Austin Road, reporters at the scene claimed that the police told them to leave, otherwise, they will bear consequences.
At around 13:45, a water cannon vehicle arrived at Austin Road and was advancing towards PolyU.
As police arrived near the University of Hong Kong, a protestor was unwilling to let go of the base they set up. He was carried away by other protestors, as they reminded him, “This is not Admiralty. We will be back.”
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Staff Association and the Hong Kong Education Professionals Association issued an urgent statement.
They said they are very worried about the serious police-civilian conflicts that are taking place inside and outside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
And said the current stalemate is caused by a series of government decision-making mistakes and should be resolved responsibly.