Tensions in Hong Kong escalate after nearly 6 months of protests

Police are surrounding a university where protestors are holed up, threatening to use live rounds if they don’t surrender.
2:03 | 11/18/19

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Transcript for Tensions in Hong Kong escalate after nearly 6 months of protests
Now overseas to the breaking news out of Hong Kong. A dangerous new stage of conflict. Police surrounding a university where protesters are holed up. Lobbing molotov cocktails, making it their last stand. Police are demanding protesters surrender, and threatening to use live fire. Ian Pannell is right there. Reporter: Tonight, Hong Kong police breaking through the front lines of protesters in an early morning operation aimed at ending the longest sustained battle since this protest began. Before an attempt to break through led to this armored vehicle bursting into flames. Protesters say they're fighting for more freedom from Chinese control here. Earlier the scenes at times approaching medieval warfare, protesters wielding bows and arrows and catapults against riot police in armored vehicles. People in gas masks throwing fireballs at police that surrounded Hong Kong polytechnic university. Once again they're firing rubber bullets, water cannons. It's a really fierce pitched battle. You see the rubber bullets flying in. One officer struck with an arrow, later undergoing surgery. The streets littered with broken glass, bricks, and debris. Medics on hand. Police repeatedly charging and retreating. In a conflict that's now in its six month and steadily getting worse. And Ian joins us now live. The escalation and violence comes as police make their most serious threat yet to stop the protests? Reporter: That's right, Tom. The police are saying if the protesters continue to use things like molotov cocktails, and bows and arrows, they'll have to use the necessary force, which could use live ammunition. But we've just heard that a temporary deal may be coming into place, but the situation

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