Hong Kong's outrage toward police rises as violence spreads

Hong Kong's outrage toward police rises as violence spreads

Hong Kong's outrage toward police rises as violence spreads

Pro-democracy activists say the government may use the escalating violence as a reason to cancel the elections.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been described as a war zone.

HONG KONG-The Hong Kong government condemned on Friday an attack by a "violent mob" on the city's justice secretary in London, the first direct altercation between demonstrators and a government minister during months of often violent protests.

"There is no restriction on UVic students, staff or faculty traveling to a level 1 or 2 country", she said, citing the university's off-campus risk management policy.

On Saturday, Hong Kong remained calm and traffic gradually resumed after some previously blocked roads were cleared.

Anti-China students and activists have barricaded at least five campuses in the last week, stockpiling petrol bombs, catapults, bows and arrows and other weapons.

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The months-long protests that have rocked Hong Kong have been fuelled by widespread anger at the perceived Communist Party meddling in the former British colony, which was guaranteed its freedoms when it returned to the Chinese rule in 1997.

Students from mainland China and Taiwan started to leave Hong Kong campuses mid-week when several universities suspended classes for the rest of the term.

On Thursday, Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said it was "essential" that police responded to the protests "proportionately".

Protesters build a wall to block a road at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong on November 14, 2019.

According to the government, Hong Kong's secretary for justice, Teresa Cheng, was injured in the United Kingdom capital London on Thursday after she was surrounded by a protesters.

The WTA Hong Kong open was postponed in September, while a major charity trail run was pulled due to the ongoing political drama.

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Most anti-government protesters left Hong Kong's universities after occupying them for about a week.

The Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry's Safetravel website warns New Zealanders in Hong Kong to exercise increased caution and "to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those meant to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent with little or no warning". I was anxious and scared after I realised what had happened and most protesters had left.

CUHK is known for being an "epicenter of protest activity" among the territory's educational institutions, to the point that the state media of China has taken to calling it the "rioters' university" - a name that CUHK's students have taken for their own.

Later that day a man shouting pro-Beijing slogans at protesters on a walkway was doused in flammable liquid and set alight.

The justice chief, who travelled from Hong Kong to London on Wednesday, had been scheduled to deliver a speech at an event held by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the British capital on Thursday. "Now, it's "if you don't agree with me, you are against me and I will throw Molotov cocktails at you". The increasingly ugly scenes prompted China's President Xi Jinping to warn the "one country, two systems" model governing Hong Kong was being jeopardised by the protests.

He remains in a critical condition.

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Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng, a legal adviser to Hong Kong's Carrie Lam, was surrounded by dozens of protesters and falling to the ground, video shows.

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