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HK universities cancel semester amid campus violence

DPA
Hong Kong
Universities across Hong Kong cancelled classes until the end of the year on Thursday amid unprecedented violence on multiple campuses.
The move comes two days after clashes between anti-government protesters and police at the Chinese University of Hong Kong saw more than 1,000 cannisters of tear gas fired and numerous petrol bombs thrown.
Hong Kong has now entered its 23rd week of mass protests against Beijing.
Initial calls for the withdrawal of an extradition bill have morphed into demands for democratic reforms and an independent probe into police violence.  Students and staff have been ordered to stay away from university campuses until the end of the year when the semester concludes amid fears of further clashes.
All classes at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University have been cancelled.
At the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, protesters have set up barricades and blocked the Hung Hom Cross Harbour Tunnel, a major link between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.
  Photos and videos posted on social media showed protesters had set up a security check at the university’s entrances and were conducting bag searches to prevent undercover police from entering the campus.
A campus swimming pool had been turned into a testing site for molotov cocktails.

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