How Universities Became the New Battlegrounds in the Hong Kong Protests
November 28, 2019
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.