Hong Kong police threaten ‘live bullets’ during university siege
23 November 2019 | 8:41 am
After a two-day standoff, police have stormed into a major university campus as protesters fought back with gasoline bombs and bows and arrows. Police have threatened to fire live bullets at "rioters."
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