(28 Nov 2019) Police safety teams Thursday began clearing a Hong Kong university that was a flashpoint for clashes with anti-government demonstrators, and an officer said any holdouts still hiding inside would not be immediately arrested.
The police move into the Polytechnic University came after its administration said they believed no one else remained inside after a two-day search ended Wednesday.
Some 100 personnel, including hazmat teams and explosive disposal experts, fanned out across the vast campus.
Video footage showed officers searching buildings and removing bottles and other items.
More than 5,000 people have been detained since the unrest started in June over a China extradition bill that was seen as an erosion of freedoms promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.
The movement has since expanded into wider demands, including universal suffrage and an independent investigation of police conduct.
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