Hong Kong protests: PolyU staff find only one person in extensive search of campus as other protesters continue to hide


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First aiders from Red Cross and management staff from Polytechnic University arrive at the campus in Hung Hom to search for and offer help to protesters.

Polytechnic University search teams found one female protester hiding on campus during a search on Tuesday, and school representatives said they may resume the search on Wednesday.

Led by the university’s vice president Alex Wai, 50 PolyU staff searched the campus in Hung Hom at around 10am on Tuesday looking for protesters who occupied the site for more than 10 days.

The woman, who is over 18-years-old, and not a PolyU student, was found in the Student Union Building. Wai said she was exhausted, and was not responding. While she was being treated by members of Red Cross, the school arranged social workers to offer her counselling services and persuaded her to leave. The vice president did not rule out the possibility of other protesters hiding on campus.

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Searchers also found chemicals and other dangerous goods such as Molotov cocktails lying around.

Wai said it would be up to the university management and the police whether teams would enter the school again on Wednesday.

“I will report to the management and they will decide the next step,” Wai said.

After being closed for more than a week due to vandalism during protests, the Cross Harbour Tunnel is reopening at 5am on Wednesday. More than 800 personnel were involved in repairing the tunnel.

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Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Beijing did not blame her for the landslide defeat of the pro-establishment camp at the district council election.

Lam admitted public discontent played a part in the results.

“The election became an anti-government issue, for the public to express discontent at the government, so it affected candidates of the pro-establishment camp to a certain extent,” Lam said.

However, mainland media has attacked the results as “not a fair game”. CCTV anchorwoman Liu Xin said “pro-establishment candidates and their supporters faced widespread harassment and intimidation”, adding that the results will have negative consequence for the city.