Hong Kong university standoff nears end as 50 protesters remain

Most of those left are searching for ways to escape and a handful are determined to stay

Fewer than 50 protesters remain holed up at a university in Hong Kong surrounded by police late on Tuesday as a days-long standoff appeared to be coming to an end.

Police said that by 11pm local time almost 800 people had left the Polytechnic University, the site of one of the most prolonged and tense confrontations since the demonstrations in the city began five months ago.

Hong Kong’s protest movement has evolved throughout the five months it has raged in the harbour city. Its latest phase is being played out on Hong Kong’s university campuses — traditionally sites of political activism — some of which have been transformed into makeshift fortresses by demonstrators in the past fortnight.

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