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Holed up in university, Hong Kong protesters issue demands

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Holed up in university, Hong Kong protesters issue demands

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HONG KONG (AP) – Protesters who barricaded themselves at a Hong Kong university partially opened a blocking path and demanded that the government commit to holding local elections on November 24.

A Tolo Highway lane was released in both directions on Friday morning, but the road remained closed after workers sent to clean broken glass and other debris were threatened by protesters with bows and arrows and hard objects, police said. authorities.

"As the highway is still full of hard objects and devoid of traffic lights or traffic cones, reopening the road would surely cause danger to users," a government statement said.

Protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said the road would be blocked again and warned of other unspecified consequences if the government does not meet demand within 24 hours.

District council elections are seen as a barometer of public sentiment in China's semi-autonomous territory, which has been the target of anti-government protests for more than five months. Pro-democracy activists say the government can use rising violence as a reason to cancel elections.

Meanwhile, police said they would investigate the death of a 70-year-old man who was hit in the head by a brick as a murder case.

The man was injured on Thursday night, and the Hong Kong government expressed outrage over what he called "malicious acts of protesters."

In London, Hong Kong Attorney General Teresa Cheng was pushed to the ground by activists following her and shouting at her, injuring her hand, the Chinese Embassy said.

"We express strong indignation and unequivocally condemn the activists," the embassy said in a statement. "Now they are taking this violence abroad and to the United Kingdom."

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam called the attack "barbaric" and said it violated the principles of a civilized society.

Students and other protesters took over Hong Kong's main campuses, building barricades and stocking up gas stations and other weapons.

A masked protester at the Chinese University announced in a 3 am statement to the assembled media that the group would clear the road for 24 hours.

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