MADRID, Nov. 25 (EUROPE PRESS) –
A Hong Kong Police command, Commander Ho Yun Sing, has defended a mediated and peaceful resolution on Monday for the dozens of protesters who are still surrounded by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus for eight days.
Ho, police commander in the Yau Tsim district, explained in statements to RTHK public television in Hong Kong that they believe there are still dozens of people left inside the university, although for the moment it has ruled out a violent confrontation and that there may be arrests .
On the contrary, he has announced that they will enter the campus accompanied by independent and sanitary mediators to ask those who are still inside to agree to leave. “The priority is to guarantee their health and they will be given medical assistance if necessary,” he explained. The investigation of possible crimes will come later, he said.
Until now, the Police had arrested any protesters they managed to locate, which is why it softens the official position of the body coinciding with the clear victory of the pro-democratic candidates in the local elections this Sunday.
This same Monday riot troops have prevented hundreds of protesters calling for the end of the siege to access the Polytechnic campus. Dozens of new district councilors elected on Sunday have concentrated on the Centennial Garden to announce that their first priority will be the end of the police siege to the campus.
Some 500 protesters were trapped in a police fence over the Polytechnic last Sunday. Since then, most have left the premises and all those over 18 have been identified and detained and the campus has become a ghost zone.
DEFEAT OF CANDIDATES RELATED TO BEIJING
Meanwhile, the leaders of the Democratic Alliance for Improvement and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), related to Beijing, have apologized for the election results and the president of the formation, Starry Lee, has announced that she has submitted her resignation.
Lee herself has explained that the Party's Central Committee has rejected her resignation and another party leader, Horace Cheung, has stressed that these results are not Lee's fault, but a collective failure of the DAB, reports RTHK. Of the 181 candidates submitted, only 21 have won the election.
Lee has been chosen by a small margin after defeating the unitary opposition candidate, Leung Kwok Hung, while Cheung and other heavyweights of the party such as Holden Chow, Vincent Cheng or Edward Lau have not revalidated their position.
The DAB has denounced the difficulties in the electoral campaign such as the attacks against the headquarters of its party and against volunteers involved with the training during the protests against the Hong Kong government.
Meanwhile, the official Chinese media have reported that the local Hong Kong elections have been held, but not their results. Thus, the Xinhua news agency notes that 452 charges have been contested in these elections and that “all of them have been decided,” but it does not give data on the clear defeat of Beijing-related candidates.
Protests in Hong Kong broke out last June against a controversial bill of extradition to mainland China. The Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, finally withdrew the bill, but the demonstrations have continued with greater demands, including universal suffrage.
Violence in Hong Kong has thus become the biggest challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who came to power in 2012 and insists that the local government can resolve the crisis.
The protesters, angry at what they consider an interference of the Chinese Government in the former British colony, have argued that they are responding to the excessive use of force by the security forces. Beijing, meanwhile, has rejected any kind of intervention in Hong Kong affairs and blamed the situation on the influence of third countries.