Police teams on Thursday ventured inside a Hong Kong university that was at the centre of the most serious confrontations between police and protesters in six months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
A team of about 100 officers had nearly completed a 1 ½-day operation to collect evidence and remove gasoline bombs and other risky items from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Assistant Commissioner Chow Yat-ming told reporters.
Hong Kong police on Friday lifted a cordon around a university campus that became a battleground for anti-government protesters holed up inside during a 13-day siege.
He also thanked Hong Kong voters for the pro-democracy camp's major win at the District Council election last Sunday.
Its chief significance lies in creating the political climate, under the banner of "human rights" and "democracy", for additional USA economic measures against China, and possibly military action in the future.
"Many classrooms, laboratories and library were destroyed".
Protesters barricaded themselves inside the campus two weeks ago.
The campus has now been handed back to the university management. The controversial legislation was swiftly dropped, but demonstrators ramped up their demands, directing their anger at what they see as Beijing's "oppressive rule". Local media were not sure if they were protesters.
She claimed that the United States was sending a message that it stands in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, invoking the bogus "human rights" rhetoric that forms the basis for USA interventions around the world.
Democracy supporters in Hong Kong have voiced admiration of the USA throughout its six months of political unrest, flooding the streets with pro-Trump paraphernalia, including a Star Wars-style portrait of the president with fighter jets and explosions behind him.
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Then Sundeep Madra, vice president of Ford's venture incubator, chimed in, tweeting that his company would do an "apples to apples" test.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who was approved by Beijing's leaders, has since said that she will "seriously reflect" on the message voters delivered to her, but has not publicly addressed whether her handling of the ongoing crisis led to the pro-Beijing camp's defeat.
Chinese officials have denounced the legislation as interfering with the country's domestic affairs.
The demonstrations and violence have escalated since police shot and killed one of the protesters earlier this month.
Posters advertising today's event had slogans including "We could all be Simon". "Freedom is in Peril". Defend it with all your might.
The Hong Kong authorities, in turn, slammed the document as obvious unfounded meddling in the region's affairs, saying that it might harm US-Hong Kong relations and interests.
Later on Friday, at 7pm (1100 GMT), protesters plan to gather at the British consulate to urge the British government to protect nationals based in the Chinese territory.
A rally planned for December 8 by Civil Human Rights Front, the group that organised million-strong marches in June, is expected to provide the best gauge of how support for the pro-democracy movement is holding up.
About 100 officers first entered the Polytechnic campus on Thursday to collect evidence and remove risky items.
So far, the two sides have sought to keep Hong Kong and trade issues separate, said Tu Xinquan of the University of International Business and Economics. Fourth, the retraction of the characterization of the protests as "riots".