Students square off against police in Hong Kong

Schools across the territory are closed as police and pro-democracy protesters clash.
2:16 | 11/18/19

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Thursday starting at 9:00 eastern. The most dangerous clashes yet erupting in Hong Kong. Schools across the territory are closed this morning as police and pro-democracy protesters Ian Pannell is the in Hong Kong with the latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, robin. That's right. 500 protesters are still holed up inside the polytechnic university, many so as young as 14 after a weekend of I intense answer violent clashes, worst I've seen in this protest movement so far, I think. The battle as Hong Kong polytechnic university erupting in violence as police and demonstrators clash again. This is now the most sustained and violent battle we've seen here. Once again, fire be rubber bullets and water cannons come, really fierce battle. The protesters want more freedom from China but it has descended into street battles. Just insane scenes here. You see the amount of bricks, explosive devices in front of the police. Demonstrators armed with slippingshots, cat putting rocks towards police. Another wielding a bow and arrow striking an officer in the leg. One armored vehicle engulfed in flames as it tried to ram the front line. The entrance to the university smoldering from the battles fought here. As tired and desperate activists are surrounded by police and low on supplies. We obviously need help from outside but I don't know who we're going to get that help from. Reporter: Some make a desperate run for it. The police are trying to attack and some of the students here literally climbing over barbed wire trying to escape. The authorities say they'll arrest everyone inside the college. Now trying to draw the police away with violence so the students may have a chance to escape. Guy, the situation inside there is really desperate. We saw tearful students making desperate phone cows to anxious parents but arresting anyone trying to escape and attempts for a peaceful resolution have fallen flat. That big shake-up in the race for the white house.

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