Hong Kong protesters set fire to entrance of university

epa08004090 Pro-democracy protesters protect themselves with umbrellas during clashes with the police outside the 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 Hong Kong is in its sixth month of mass protests, which were originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill, and have since turned into a wider pro-democracy movement.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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Protesters set fire to the entrance of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University early Monday in a last ditch attempt to stop riot police from entering, as the siege of the heavily fortified campus entered its second day.

The flames followed a night of violence as students hurled petrol bombs at Hong Kong police, who deployed water cannons and warned that if given no other choice they would use “live rounds.”

Around 8 a.m. on Monday, dozens of protesters attempted to leave the university through the main entrance as police fired rounds of tear gas. CNN witnessed multiple protesters being led away by police on the roads leading from the campus.


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