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'We are lacking food and clothes, we only have little snacks and people are starving now'

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By Joao Vitor Da Silva Marques
'We are lacking food and clothes, we only have little snacks and people are starving now'
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In Hong Kong, anti-government protesters remain trapped inside a university campus. 

It follows days of confrontation between the police and students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The demonstrators are now trying to get out of the complex, but face a cordon of officers armed with tear gas and water cannon.

Ken Woo is the student union's acting president and spoke to Euronews’s Good Morning Europe from inside Hong Kong's Polytechnic University. He says most students are facing hypothermia and hunger now:

“Inside the university right now we are lacking food and clothes because the police have surrounded the whole building. No one has much food inside, therefore we can only have a little snack and most of the protesters inside are starving.”

Meanwhile, the European Union is calling for a de-escalation of tensions, as days of clashes between protesters and police show no sign of letting up. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s Foreign Policy chief said in a statement that it is crucial that “all sides exercise restraint" adding that any response by law enforcement must be "proportionate" and fundamental freedoms must be upheld.

Mogherini's call came as yet another night of violence was underway in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, with police and student protesters engaged in running battles around the city's polytechnic university for the third day running.

However, protesters shot arrows and threw Molotov cocktails at police, who fired back with tear gas and water cannon in some of the most violent scenes since the unrest began 5 months ago.

A group of minors was allowed to leave the besieged campus in the early hours of Tuesday, but around 100 protesters are believed to be trapped inside the campus, while some 400 others have been arrested.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam said she hopes the standoff will be resolved peacefully and said she had told the police to respond in a humane way:

"This objective could only be achieved with the full cooperation of the protesters, including, of course, the rioters that they have to stop violence, give up their weapons and come out peacefully and take the instructions from the police."

The territory's new police chief Ting Ping-Keung, appointed by China's State Council on Monday, has called for citizens' support in trying to end the unrest.

Watch Good Morning Europe's interview with a protester inside the university campus in the player above.

Journalist • Joao Vitor Da Silva Marques

Video editor • Joao Vitor Da Silva Marques