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US condemns HK police, Britain urges CE to step in

2019-11-18 HKT 12:44
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  • Student protesters try to find safe passage out of Polytechnic University. Photo: AFP
    Student protesters try to find safe passage out of Polytechnic University. Photo: AFP
The United States has condemned the amount of force used against protesters by the police in Hong Kong and has called on Beijing to protect the SAR's freedoms, the Reuters news agency reported on Monday.

“We condemn the unjustified use of force and urge all sides to refrain from violence and engage in constructive dialogue,” a senior official in President Donald Trump's administration said.

“As the President has said, the United States expects Beijing to honour its commitments under the Sino-British joint Declaration and to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic way of life."

The remark came as police continued to surround Polytechnic University's campus in Hung Hom, firing tear gas at student protesters trapped inside and arresting others who dared to go anywhere near the scene of the siege.

The students' union at PolyU told RTHK that at least 500 people were still on campus, many of them badly injured.

With fears of a bloody showdown at the institution growing, a former British foreign minister, Malcolm Rifkind, on Sunday appealed to Chief Executive Carrie Lam to intervene.

Rifkind said Lam should order the police to show more restraint and not to use live ammunition or other life-threatening weapons against the protesters.

He said Lam had a responsibility to cool tensions.