Hong Kong protesters arrested as they attempt to escape besieged university
Updated: 2019-11-19 09:46:22 KST
Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam has urged protesters in the barricaded university to give up their weapons and come out peacefully.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Lam said around 6-hundred people have come out of the campus, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.
Those of them who are over the age of 18 were immediately arrested by Hong Kong police.
However, Lam noted that those under 18 were not taken into custody and promised that they will be handled "in a humanitarian way."
Although around a hundred people are still inside the university, the standoff might not last much longer as the university's student council has voiced concerns that food and medicine are running out inside the university.
"So I'm not sure, maybe I will die, get arrested today, but anyway we will try to fight here and don't let the police hit us again."
In related news, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and human rights group Amnesty International have urged Germany to stop providing military training to Chinese troops stationed in Hong Kong.
Based on a report out of Germany, the German military plans to provide senior officer training to 11 Hong Kong-based Chinese soldiers next year.
Wong also said German water cannons were being used in Hong Kong.
The United States and the United Kingdom have also expressed deep concern over the unrest, urging the Hong Kong government to guarantee the safety and freedom of its citizens.
"Violence by any side is unacceptable. The Hong Kong government bears primary responsibility for bringing calm to Hong Kong."
However, China claimed that British politicians were fanning the flames of turmoil by referring to the demonstrators as "pro-democracy protesters".
"We urge these forces to immediately stop any form of interference in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs and immediately stop condoning violent offences otherwise they will lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."
Police have taken over 45-hundred people into custody in Hong Kong since violence erupted over a now-scrapped extradition bill in June.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.