Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she had reached an understanding with new Police Commissioner Chris Tang that the force should try to resolve the "incident" at Polytechnic University peacefully, adding that her administration is committed to dealing with injured or younger protesters in a humanitarian manner.
Speaking ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lam said around 100 protesters remained on the university campus as of Tuesday morning.
She said about 600 had so far left PolyU since police surrounded the campus in Hung Hom on Sunday. Around 200 of these protesters were under 18, she said.
Many of the younger demonstrators were accompanied out the university overnight by a group of secondary school principals, religious leaders as well as former Legco president Tsang Yok-sing, HKU law professor Eric Cheung, and education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen.
Those under the age of 18 were allowed to go home after their personal details were taken down by the police, while those 18 and above were immediately arrested on suspicion of rioting.
Lam said she would urge the dozens still left inside the university to surrender.
“We will use whatever means to continue to persuade and arrange for these remaining protesters to leave the campus as soon as possible so this whole operation could be able to end in a peaceful manner and lay the basis for the subsequent work by the police to stop violence in Hong Kong”, she said.