University students flee Hong Kong as protests continue to violently escalate, just days after a student died of protest-related injuries.
Students from China, Taiwan, and three Scandinavian countries have been urged to leave Hong Kong as the ongoing demonstrations continue to plague campuses in the area.
Reuters reports students were stockpiling food and weapons on Wednesday while also constructing barricades around universities.
Around 1,000 demonstrators reportedly took to the streets blocking roads in the Central District, which prompted a swift police response involving both an armored vehicle and less-than-lethal ammunition.
This comes just two days after a Hong Kong protestor was shot at close range as violence surrounding the widespread, pro-democracy demonstrations continues to plague the area.
According to the South China Post, the victim, a 21-year-old student, was shot early Monday morning and was in critical condition as of Tuesday.
The student was reportedly unarmed, but Hong Kong police claimed they were forced to shoot saying he had reached for an officer’s pistol amid the violent confrontation.
Meanwhile, a Fox News report claims there was another individual who was set on fire on Monday amid the unrest.
A Global Times journalist released video footage of the incident saying, “Monday in Hong Kong, a man who openly disagreed with radical protesters was poured gasoline over by rioters and set on fire.”
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has repeatedly blamed what she calls the “rioters” for crippling the region in violent escalation as widespread calls for democratic reform ring clear.
Lam weighed in on the months-long violent turmoil saying, “If there’s still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong [special administrative region of China] government will yield to pressure, to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making this statement clear and loud here: that will not happen.”
Protests originally erupted back in June over an extradition bill, which has since been taken off the table.
Those rallying against the measure were worried individuals who would be extradited to China could face torture and unfair trials.
Since then, the months-long protests have gradually evolved into wider calls for democracy, including probes into alleged police brutality and even the Lam’s resignation.