More than six hundred activists who have occupied the Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong in recent days, surrendered to the police on Tuesday. A small group of a hundred activists have stayed behind on the campus, says Hong Kong’s senior director Carrie Lam.
Lam reports on Tuesday during a press conference that of the six hundred activists two hundred are minors. She adds that no activist under the age of 18 has been arrested, but that the authorities have the right to investigate.
Lam hopes that the stalemate between the police and the remaining occupiers will be resolved peacefully. She has asked the police to act humane.
Hundreds of Hong Kong demonstrators attempted to liberate fellow demonstrators from the PolyU on Monday evening (local time). Images on social media show how students tried to escape by abseiling from a pedestrian bridge on campus. At the bottom of the bridge, other demonstrators with motorcycles were waiting to bring them to safety.
Since Monday morning, the police have hermetically sealed off the university environment. The situation in Hong Kong escalated in the past week. The immediate reason for this was the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator. Although it is not exactly clear what happened, protesters blame the police for the student’s death.