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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:32 PM

The Longest Day: Housewives, Students, and Protesters in the Besieged PolyU

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Heavily besieged by scores of police, all those trapped in PolyU face the possibility of 10-year prison sentences if charged with “rioting”; they are also under the threat of death, should the police storm the campus or use live ammunition.

Ah Wai was sobbing when he spoke to our reporter. He was terrified. “I’ve sent my personal information to those I fought alongside with before...” He was ready to die fighting. “I don’t want to bow to the totalitarian authority, to the government. I don’t want to see this beautiful world and wonderful city ruined, and our freedom and happiness taken away.”

What on earth happened in PolyU on this, the longest day? Our reporters visited different corners of the campus to ask those who stayed — whether they were frontline protesters, first aiders, legislators, elderly members of the “Guard Our Children’s Future” group, or housewives who volunteered to cook — what they were fighting for, what they feared, and what they were worried about.

Besieged and trapped, what have they experienced, and what do they have to say to the free people outside?


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