Police could clear PolyU by creating path for students to leave. They would miss out on arrests, but if supposed goal is to restore calm, that might be something they have to accept. Instead they’re leaping on anyone who steps and prolonging the siege.
Not only are aggressive tactics being used preventing PolyU clearance, they’re leading to more protests springing up around the city as people attempt to relieve pressure on those still inside. Police insist on shooting themselves in the foot rather than exercising pragmatism.
Perhaps if there was any political leadership, they could be reigned in from doing so. But Hong Kong government has bypassed its responsibilities to do anything but wring its hands and further ramp up the pressure on police to solve everything.
just in: #PolyU has met with @hkpoliceforce on Monday afternoon to discuss how to resolve the current crisis in a peaceful way. the uni has raised 7 points, which include:
1. police should take care of the safety of everyone during their actions to avoid injuries & deaths
2. medical team should be arranged on campus & send the injured to hospital if necessary
3. A risk management team from police should be dispatched to the campus alongside school reps to locate a peaceful solution
4. all arrestees must be treated in a fair and humane way
5. #PolyU management should be allowed to accompany arrested staff and students to police stations to ensure they would be safe and be treated fairly
6. Campus should not be turned into a battlefield as there are dangerous items being stored in school