Hong Kong has seen almost six months of protests — but over the past week, the clashes between police and protesters have become more violent.
Protesters have occupied the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and despite police orders to leave, there is a small group — between 100 to 1,000 protesters — still inside.
Here is the latest:
- Campus battle: Protesters have occupied the university since early Thursday, and police have been trying to clear them since Sunday morning. It's now Monday evening, and though many protesters have fled, some still remain inside.
- Anxious parents: Parents of students who are believed to be on the campus have gathered near the school to hold a sit-in and urge police to release their children immediately, according to a post on Facebook by pro-democracy politician Jeremy Tan.
- Violent clashes: At least 66 people have been injured today. Police allowed Hong Kong Red Cross onto campus to treat the injured, and six of the people they treated were taken to hospital.
- Assault rifles: Police have been spotted carrying assault rifles — a rare sight in Hong Kong. A police spokesman said they have live rounds inside and police will use them if necessary.
- Protest diversions: Demonstrators have gathered in other areas to try to distract police and help their fellow protesters who are on campus to escape. There have been a number of clashes in Jordan, where police have fired tear gas.
- Next week's elections: Hong Kong is set to hold local elections next week, but a government official said the chances of them being held had been reduced.