Hong Kong / China (16/3). Hong Kong police entered Polytechnic University to clear hazardous chemicals and weapons and gather evidence of vandalism after violent protests resulted in a lock-down of the campus since November 17 found a vast array of ready made explosives, bombs with chemicals and highly flammable materials.
Recent arrests continue to illustrate the massive amount of explosives and chemicals in circulation. Cells continue to wage a war against the citizens of Hong Kong.
Back in late 2019 the police force reached an agreement with the university management for the police operation to proceed to clear the premises for unexploded ordnance giving an insight look at what the Hong Kong police faced.
A team comprising bomb disposal officers, detectives, police negotiators, firefighters, paramedics, social workers and clinical psychologists will be sent in, Yau Tsim district commander, Chief Superintendent Ho Yun-sing, said after meeting PolyU leaders.
“Our main goal was to restore the safety of the campus and return the school to its business,” he said not realizing the massive amounts of bombs stored in the university.
More than 1,000 radical protesters and their supporters occupied the campus a fortnight ago, and engaged in fierce battles with police on November 17. They hurled numerous petrol bombs, setting an armoured vehicle ablaze. A police officer was pierced in the calf after some in the mob fired bows and arrows.
An unknown number refused to leave the campus, with some saying in the days that followed that they were afraid of being arrested and mistreated by police.
PolyU issued a statement asking yet again for police to leave, so that the last holdouts would come out. It asked “relevant departments” to help clean up the campus.
But a police source said the cordon had to stay because of the dangerous and potentially hazardous materials the team would have to deal with.
The source said police had been prepared to seek a court order to enter the campus if the university’s leadership made it difficult for them to go in.
After several days of outsiders, such as journalists, first-aiders and even suspected triad members, walking around site there was no evidence worth collecting, the man added. This was an attempt to throw off police officials and shift the blame.
“Police should respect the university’s request and retreat immediately and not challenge those protesters still inside, as well as Hongkongers’ bottom line,” he said.
The man said he was in contact with three of the fewer than 20 individuals he estimated to still be barricaded inside the campus. They were planning some form of action if police did come in, he said.
He also complained they had been harassed by suspected triad members, who he said posed as medics when they came to search for them.
“They pretended to be our brothers or medics at the beginning. They tried to break our room doors, and lure us to board the ambulances with all kinds of methods,” he said.
“Some of us dare not come out, and urinate inside our rooms.” Protesters refuse to leave PolyU campus after almost two weeks.
Many of them could not sleep well, the masked man added, because of those suspicious people who usually entered the site in a group in the small hours.
Prior to clearing the university the law scholar Eric Cheung Tat-ming, legislator Ted Hui Chi-fung and several district councillors went to PolyU but did not spot any protesters either. Both individuals were repeatedly seen at different demonstrations throughout 2019.
Hui said he had heard from a university source that the next step might be for police and firefighters to enter the campus, but he urged caution, saying some of the stragglers might respond badly if police were there.
Ho explained that the police team must remove dangerous items and offensive weapons such as petrol bombs and corrosive liquid, and gather evidence of the criminal damage to the campus.
He said that once the university informed police that the campus was severely damaged and there were a lot of dangerous items there, police had a responsibility to step in.
But he thought the possibility of finding any holdouts was low, given that PolyU’s search teams had already tried looking for two days.
A PolyU spokesman said that despite its best efforts, “searching every floor and every room of all buildings” its teams had drawn a blank.
“The university has done all it can to ensure that anyone remaining on campus could leave peacefully,” the spokesman said.
Some 44 vehicles inside the campus car park were damaged, with protesters were believed to have stolen petrol from them.
The fire service also inspected the podium, laboratories and dangerous goods store and found a large quantity of dangerous fluids, including 550 litres of flammable liquid petrol, 20 litres of corrosive fluid and 80 litres of toxic substances.