Hong Kong leader says campus protesters must surrender

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 19 2019 11:47 AM

A view of the area where protesters crafted molotov cocktails inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus, in Hong Kong, China November 19, 2019. Adnan Abidi, Reuters

HONG KONG, China - Hong Kong's chief executive said Tuesday that protesters occupying a city center university had to surrender if the three-day stand-off was to be resolved peacefully.

In her first public comments on the siege at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Carrie Lam said she believed around 100 people remained at the campus, surrounded by police who were trying to quell the unrest.

"This objective could only be achieved with the full cooperation of the protesters, including of course the rioters that they have to stop violence, give up the weapons and come out peacefully and take the instructions from the police," she told a press conference.

Hundreds of mainly young protesters took over the campus at the weekend, holding off police assaults with a barrage of Molotov cocktails, bricks and arrows, in the most extreme expression of a popular protest movement that is now in its sixth month.