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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong police tighten siege on university as clashes intensify

Hundreds of protesters trapped; high court rules mask ban unconstitutional

Protesters inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University find themselves unable to flee after being tear-gassed by police on Nov. 18.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- In one of the city's most disorderly days of protest, police on Monday attempted to storm a university occupied by hundreds of demonstrators, and the Hong Kong high court ruled that an emergency ordinance and mask ban were implemented unconstitutionally.

The protesters remain under siege late Monday inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which police have completely surrounded as they prepare for a major arrest effort once the standoff cools down following the 25th straight weekend of unrest in the city.

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