Hong Kong protesters hurl petrol bombs in fresh clashes, schools to stay closed on Monday

epa08002948 Pro-democracy protesters during clashes with police outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China, 17 November 2019. Hong Kong is in its sixth month of mass protests, which were originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill and have since turned into a wider pro-democracy movement. EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

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Fresh violence erupted around a besieged Hong Kong university campus on Sunday morning, as protesters braced for a possible final police push to clear them after fiery clashes overnight.

The city’s Education Bureau announced that classes at all schools will continue to be suspended on Monday for the safety of students. All kindergartens, primary and secondary schools as well as special schools have been closed since last Thursday.

The announcement came after clashes in the morning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon district. Protesters hurled petrol bombs, some by catapult, and police fired volleys of tear gas to force them up onto the podium of the red-brick campus.

After skirmishes overnight, protesters slept for a few hours on lawns and in the university library.  Police fired fresh rounds of tear gas shortly after 10am. Activists hurled petrol bombs in return, some igniting trees outside the campus.

Still earlier, squads of Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks in a rare public appearance to help residents clear debris blocking key roads.

Via Reuters/Strait Times

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