Hong Kong police officers on Thursday fired tear gas at demonstrators near the Polytechnic University, local media reported
Hong Kong has been experiencing major disruptions in traffic for the fourth straight day as protesters continue to build barricades and block highways, tunnels and bridges. This has forced the closure of many schools, universities and businesses.
According to the South China Morning Post newspaper, tear gas was fired at the university's Chatham Road South entrance early Thursday morning while about 200 protesters inside the university prepared themselves to attack the police. They had boxes of petrol bombs and bricks, as well as bows and arrows. The demonstrators were also fortifying their barricades in anticipation for the arrival of police reinforcements.
Hong Kong's massive protests initially began in early June over a controversial extradition bill, which was officially withdrawn in October. Despite the government's concession, people have remained in the streets demanding that the police be held accountable for their excessive use of force during the protests.