Around a hundred of protesters who took part in the pro-democratic demonstrations have been arrested after they set fire to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Campus.
The protesters were unable to leave the campus, as they were surrounded by the Hong Kong police, who fired at them with tear gas and rubber bullets.
It is the third time protesters have tried to leave, following a violent and fiery overnight stand-off with the police.
The protesters have persistently thrown petrol bomb, bricks, and Molotov cocktails at the police, and even shot arrows from bows.
But to counter the attacks, the police threatened to use live ammunition if the attacks continue.
On Sunday night, the police warned the protesters they had until 10pm to leave the campus.
In the past week, the campus has turned into a battleground as long-running anti-government protests become more violent.
Christy Wong, 23, a Hong Kong resident said: “The situation is going crazy, it’s been months we endure this war between protesters and the police. It has specifically worsened these last few days. It’s really unbearable.”
The campus has been occupied by activists and has been seriously vandalised over the past few days.
The university management left an emergency message in which they said: “The university is gravely concerned that the spiralling radical illegal activities will cause not only a tremendous safety threat on campus, but also class suspension over an indefinite period of time.”
They added: “We are all heart-broken and in deep distress to witness the severe devastation of this home.”
The university’s board calls for calmness and rationality despite the complicated political context.
Karen Tse, a local resident, filmed the scene between the prostesters and the Hong Kong Police.
Just a taste of the violent arrests being made at #PolyU. Even with members of the press swarming around, excessive force is being used on protesters who are subdued and too tired to fight back. pic.twitter.com/fPkIbOZZOs
— Karen Tse (@ktse852) November 18, 2019
In September, the level of violence in the streets increased as the demonstrations carried on.
Hong Kong has been wracked by five months of anti-government protests in response to China attempting to extend their influence through an extradition bill.
The demonstrators said the bill risked exposing Hong Kongers to unfair trials and violent treatment.
On the other hand, it would give China greater influence over Hong Kong and could be used to target activists and journalists.
It then caused hundreds of thousands of people to protest in the streets, but the situation is currently escalating.
Hong Kong Police held a press conference dealing with the current protests, and they said: “Hong Kong has been left in ruins. I’m sure that, you like me, are saddened by what we see. How long we will tolerate and condone such acts of the rioters?”
Meanwhile, Scottish universities called back at least 66 students who were studying in Hong Kong in order to maintain their safety.
Among those universities are Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee and Queen Margaret.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not advise against travel to Hong Kong, but warns of the potential for “clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence.”
A spokeswoman from the University of Edinburgh said: “The suspension of classes at educational institutions in Hong Kong has affected 21 Edinburgh students, who are currently on exchange there.
“We are therefore requesting that all of our students in Hong Kong return to the UK, at their earliest opportunity.
The universities provide advice and support to each affected student to ensure all are in a position to return to the United Kingdom.