Hong Kong (29/11). Hong Kong Police cleared the grounds of the Polytechnical University (PolyU) from rioters. The Hong Kong Police discovered an extensive bomb manufacturing process in place. Over 3,900 completed Molotov Cocktail, nail-gas bombs, bows and arrows, catapults and other deadly contraptions were discovered.
The police said they seized items including 3,989 petrol bombs, 1,339 explosive items and 601 bottles of corrosive liquids. Sources at the prosecution offices are astonished about the volume of material found easily allowing the build up to 10,000 bombs. Experts say a disaster was narrowly avoided.
Every floor on campus suffered various degrees of vandalism and damage. PolyU urged the public not to enter the campus as it was still unsafe and will remain closed for repairs.
The seriousness of the riots can be seen not only by the sheer size of dangerous devices built but also a report of an 18-year form six student Lai Man-kwong charged with possession of 0.5 grams of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) at Caritas Ma On Shan Secondary School.
Senior public prosecutor Andy Lo Tin-wai told Sha Tin Court the dangerous powder was found wrapped in tin foil, when more than 300 students and teachers were on site. Police officers at the explosive ordnance disposal bureau were summoned to the scene and neutralised the substance on the spot.
The prosecution applied for extra time for further police inquiry, including forensic examinations on another bag of suspected explosives, compiling expert reports and analysis of the mobile phone seized from the accused.
Acting principal magistrate Ko Wai-hung adjourned the case to January 24 and ordered Lai to be remanded in custody, after the prosecution objected to him being granted bail. The student faces 14-years in jail.
The riots in Hong Kong show the ugly underbelly of the rioters. No glory, not heroism, just hate and destruction. The use of bow and arrows against police has no purpose other than harming police.
Building TATP and bringing it to school has nothing to do, setting a men on fire, killing a human with a brick has nothing to do with democracy or freedom. The notion of the rioter are some heroic independence fighter must be rejected.
With the elections squarely won by the Hong Kong rioters the affiliations with the Black Bloc has created now the monster the rioters unable to control. The administration trying to find a political solution. The rioters unwilling to concede because the tactic of violence works and the government and the police are incompetent.
Unable to make concessions the demonstrations are expected to continue. If not the rioters can always return to set another university on fire.