A police sergeant is injured by a crush on a surge in hostilities after the presence of Chinese military in the streets
MADRID, Nov. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Dozens of protesters are facing Molotov cocktails against the riot police since this morning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic during one of the most violent episodes since they began, last March, protests in the territory against the authorities and the Government from Beijing.
So far, skirmishes have resulted in an unspecified number of detainees and at least one police officer injured from a crush on one leg without fearing for his life. The clashes have occurred both in the street and inside some Polytechnic classrooms, such as the Independent Language Learning Center, where a police smoke bomb has exploded.
The increase in tension was due in part to the presence yesterday in the streets of Hong Kong of a group of Chinese military to collaborate in the cleaning tasks and dismantle the barricades of the protesters, an extremely unusual decision given that soldiers usually remain quartered and rarely interact professionally with the population of the territory so as not to warm up.
The clashes began around 10 in the morning when at least one hundred people began to remove the barricades from the immediate vicinity of the Polytechnic, at which time dozens of protesters ordered them to give up and leave the place immediately.
Several units of the riot police and at least two water cannons were immediately presented at the scene, which gave rise to the exchange of Molotov cocktails, stones, smoke grenades and jets of water dyed blue to facilitate the identification of protesters.
The Polytechnic is considered as the last redoubt of the group of protesters that has been occupying the universities of the territory all week, in a concerted action that has led to the overcoming of classes in all the study centers of the territory until, at least, lins.
The Hong Kong teachers' union has issued a statement in which it has declared its “extreme concern” for these incidents and urged all parties urgently. “The current check situation is caused by the chain of decisions adopted by the Government and must be resolved responsibly,” according to the note, collected by the 'South China Morning Post'.
Participants are beginning to move the zone of hostilities to the Interport Tunnel near the Polytechnic while reiterating their intention to “normalize chaos” until the authorities do not meet their demands, starting with the main one, respecting the judicial independence of the territory.
“I, for my part, am supporting the movement more than ever,” said Jade, a 30-year-old protester. “The police are out of control, and they are doing everything possible to cause harm,” he added, before expressing his dismay at the presence of the Chinese military.
“I find it amazing that someone thinks they were clearing the streets of their own accord. Does anyone think they don't follow orders? It seems even illegal for me to come here, and I hate that the Hong Kong government doesn't say a word about it,” he said. sorry
Meanwhile, the injured agent, responsible for the Press service, is admitted to Kwong Wah hospital for treatment, with a stable prognosis.