Arrows shot at cops

Top News | Amy Nip, Jane Cheung and Cindy Wan 15 Nov 2019

Police were yesterday met with flying arrows fired by protesters near Polytechnic University, the latest tertiary institution to become a flashpoint.

Since the violent clashes at Chinese University, protesters and students have also been fortifying campuses at the University of Hong Kong and Baptist University.

Notable action yesterday included people firing arrows at police patrolling around the intersection of Austin Road and Chatham Road South near the PolyU.

Tear gas was fired in return, which led to rioters responding with more arrows and flower pots.

Six arrows were found after what people saw as a bizarre version of the movie Hunger Games.

Rioters also set fire to toll booths at Cross Harbour Tunnel - action that started on Wednesday night.

Large objects were hurled to the roadway from a bridge connecting PolyU to the MTR Hung Hom station, preventing vehicles from getting close to the tunnel and foiling attempts to clear the road.

There was a barrage of petrol bombs thrown at toll booths at 8pm and at a truck attempting to crash road blocks in the area.

Fortifications in the area included the university entrance facing Cheong Wan Road being completely sealed.

On the firing of arrows at police, which started at CUHK, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu talked of murderous acts.

"Violence in CUHK is like a cancer cell, spreading to other universities," added Police Public Relations Branch chief superintendent John Tse Chun-Chung.

After the arrows flew at CUHK, he said, people were using bows at Baptist University.

"Rioters have turned [CUHK] into a weapons factory," Tse went on. "This has spread to other universities. Their actions have pushed them a step closer to terrorism."

Besides bows, he said, protesters used giant catapults for firing arrows as well as bricks and petrol bombs.

Tse also said many protesters at CUHK were not students.

Police were not yet ready to intervene on that campus, he said, but officers will enter the university if staff or students are endangered.

Most canteens at CUHK halted services, but volunteers managed to get into the kitchens and cooked meals for protesters with ingredients sent into the campus by supporters.

Protesters were meanwhile stationed at all university entrances, checking the identities and belongings of all visitors.

One checker said they were on guard against undercover police.

In Kowloon Tong, protesters at Baptist U erected a giant catapult as they spread roadblocks along Junction Road and Waterloo Road, cutting off traffic to Lion Rock Tunnel.

It was also tense around the People's Liberation Army's Osborn Barracks in Kowloon Tong, just opposite Baptist U. Soldiers shouted "Rubbish" and "Pay for your dues" in Putonghua when protesters approached. And the clicking sounds of firearms being checked could be heard.

At HKU, deputy vice chancellor Richard Wong Yue-chim and dean of science Matthew Evans pleaded for students to back off from roads after what appeared to be petrol bombs were seen.

Evans also removed spiked road blocks on Bonham Road.

Bricks had been thrown off a bridge and hit a man trying to remove obstacles near the campus on Tuesday, and he remained in critical condition yesterday.

And Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung yesterday described spreading chaos and violence as "anarchy."

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