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How Universities Became the New Battlegrounds in the Hong Kong Protests

November 28, 2019
The New York Times /

This was the scene on Sunday night at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The clashes here between the police and protesters marked a new level of violence in a protest movement that started peacefully in June.
The city’s universities had been sanctuaries for the young protesters at the core of a movement about preserving Hong Kong’s autonomy from China. But last week, the police confronted increasingly aggressive demonstrators at several campuses.

One of the worst clashes began a week ago on Monday at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where police said they suspected the school was being used as a “weapon factory.” Protesters had barricaded themselves on campus, while the police stayed at the edge.