Hong Kong Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets this afternoon in an attempt to detain and force back those protesters cornered inside the Polytechnic University campus after a chaotic night.
Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets after the trapped protesters inside the University who were cordoned by Hong Kong police from all surrounding, tried to storm the site. Police encircled the site after protesters made an attempt to run away from the site early morning.
It has been learnt that many protesters later tried to escape from the site, but failed due to tear gas surrounding the University.
Many were arrested near the university on Monday, public broadcaster RTHK reported, while in the nearby commercial area of Nathan Road activists stopped traffic and forced shopping malls and stores to shut.
Thirty-eight people were wounded overnight on Sunday, the city’s Hospital Authority said. Reuters stated that witnesses saw some protesters suffering from burns from chemicals in jets fired from police water cannons.
Earlier a police was hit in the leg by an arrow and taken to hospital. He was confirmed as a media liaison officer.
Police said in a statement that they had urged protesters to “drop their weapons..remove their masks and leave via the top level of Cheong Wan Road South Bridge in an orderly manner.”
The United States has however condemned the use of force saying the “unjustified use of force” in Hong Kong and called on Beijing to protect Hong Kong’s freedoms guaranteed by the 1997’s sign between China and its former British colony.