From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Dec 2, 2019 by

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes with police

Wrecked campus turned into a wasteland as stand-off dragged on for more than a week

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On Thursday morning last week, James (not his real name) made his dash for freedom from the wreckage and rotting filth of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom.

He had tried once before to escape, by jumping into a manhole and crawling through the narrow sewers, but gave up when it became too unbearable.

“I was down there for about 13 minutes and only managed to go for 100 metres. I had to almost kneel down and walk like a frog,” he said. “It was so smelly and dirty, beyond what you can ever imagine.”

Then, early on Thursday morning, he noticed there were no police officers guarding the roads near one of the campus buildings.

The 22-year-old, who studies at a PolyU community college, took off.

“I ran across two highways and through some bushes. I just kept sprinting. I just wanted to get home, have a bath, lie on my bed and put an end to this,” he said after he escaped.

The campus siege looked like it was ending this week, as

police teams moved into the wrecked university

to remove weapons and hazardous materials and record evidence of destruction and vandalism.

There has been no sign of any protesters still holed up inside, though some could still be hiding in classrooms. A message scrawled across the wall of a building said: “Some people moved on. But not us.”

PolyU leaders who appealed since Monday for the blockade to end said the campus was in a state of “utter chaos”, as well as being a hygiene and health risk.

Earlier this week, there were maggots thriving on rotting food scraps left in the protesters’ common kitchen area, and the stench was so bad, one had to wear a face mask.

Source: From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis | South China Morning Post

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