Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found | HONG KONG: Officials at a Hong Kong university where police and protesters clashed violently a week ago said on Tuesday (Nov 26) they had searched the

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found

Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found
Hong Kong PolyU campus searched, just one protester found
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HONG KONG: Officials at a Hong Kong university where police and protesters clashed violently a week ago said on Tuesday (Nov 26) they had searched the entire campus and found just one remaining holdout in a sign the campus siege may be near an end.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) emerged as the epicentre of the territory's increasingly violent protest movement when clashes broke out on November 17 between police and protesters armed with bows, arrows and Molotov cocktails.


READ: Hong Kong PolyU campus protest holdouts left isolated and fearful

READ: Hong Kong protests: Security tight at PolyU with hundreds of protesters trapped on campus


The standoff then quickly settled into a tense stalemate during which hundreds fled the campus - some attempting to get out through sewer lines - leaving a dwindling core of holdouts.

But university officials said their search turned up just one remaining female protester.

"We have swept through the whole campus systematically and we found one protester in the student union building," the university's vice president Wai Ping-kong told reporters.

He said the individual was over 18 and not a student at the university. He gave no further details on her identity but said the university was trying to convince her to leave.

As the standoff set in, it became a guessing game as to how many protesters remained since they largely kept themselves hidden in buildings across the campus.


MORE: Our coverage of the Hong Kong protests

The university sent in teams earlier on Tuesday to look for holdouts, sealing doors with tape after rooms had been searched, but Wai said officials could not rule out the possibility that other protesters remained hidden.

Asked whether police would soon move in to clear the university, Wai said he knew of no such intention, and police announced no plans to enter the campus, which they have had surrounded throughout the impasse. Hong Kongers have protested in huge numbers after Lam's government earlier this year introduced a bill to allow extraditions to China.

The bill was eventually withdrawn under public pressure, but touched off increasingly violent protests by demonstrators who fear that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

A weekend election for community-level councils across Hong Kong saw a landslide win for pro-democracy candidates, raising the pressure on Lam to respond to demands for reform.

Lam admitted on Tuesday that the vote revealed "unhappiness" with her administration, but she offered no indication of any coming concessions.

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Fast-moving fire threatens homes in Santa Barbara County

Fast-moving fire threatens homes in Santa Barbara County

REUTERS: Flames ripped through brush and woodland on hills above the Californian city of Santa Barbara early on Tuesday (Nov 26), forcing some residents to leave their homes, authorities said.

The fire broke out in Los Padres National Forest late on Monday afternoon and spread to cover 3,100 acres by the evening, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

"An evacuation warning is being issued for the area north of Foothill Road and Ontare to Gibraltar Road," the office said, referring to areas north of the city.

The blaze, dubbed the "cave fire", started near East Camino Cielo and Painted Cave Road in the forest, it added.

Firefighters from neighbouring areas were rushing to Santa Barbara to help the local service control the fast-moving blaze, authorities said.

Exiled Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng's ashes returned to Malaysia

Exiled Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng's ashes returned to Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - The ashes of Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) leader Chin Peng, who lived in exile in Thailand after the CPM was disbanded, has been brought back to Malaysia six years after his death, the Malaysiakini news website reported on Tuesday (Nov 26). 

The report said his ashes were brought back from Thailand to Malaysia on Sept 16, said Mr Chai Kan Fook, 81, who belongs to a group that coordinated the return.

A memorial ceremony was held on the same day in the town of Ipoh in the state of Perak, Malaysiakini reported.

Chin Peng, whose real name is Ong Boon Hua, led the armed struggle of the Communist Party of Malaya against the colonial British authorities and then the Malayan government after 1957.

The hostilities ended only in 1989 with a Thailand-brokered peace accord.

Chin Peng died of cancer in 2013 at the age of 88.

He had been living in exile in Thailand after the 1989 peace accord, and his attempts to return to his birthplace in Perak had been stymied by the Malaysian courts on the basis that he did not have citizenship papers.

The country's former prime minister Najib Razak had also called him a "terrorist leader" and said that his ashes would not be allowed into the country.

It was unclear, however, whether the return of his ashes had been sanctioned by the current government or if the group had sought permission to do so.

Mr Chai told Malaysiakini the ashes were scattered in the sea near the coastal town of Lumut in Perak and in the jungles of the Titiwangsa mountain range.

Rugby: Wisemantel set for Australia coaching role after leaving England

Rugby: Wisemantel set for Australia coaching role after leaving England

SYDNEY: Australian Scott Wisemantel, who was England's attack coach at the Rugby World Cup, has decided to move on after his contract expired and looks set to join Dave Rennie's staff at the Wallabies.

England coach Eddie Jones, who brought Wisemantel into his set-up for last year's tour of South Africa before extending his deal to cover the World Cup, confirmed the 49-year-old former rugby league player was leaving.

"Scott's contract finished at the end of the World Cup and we had some discussions but he has decided to move on," the Australian told Britain's Daily Mail.

"Whatever role he takes on next, I know he will do an outstanding job because he was fantastic for us. We will miss him but we wish him all the best, and his family."

The news will only increase speculation that Wisemantel is moving back home to work under New Zealander Rennie, who said on his appointment last week that he wanted his coaching team to have a "really strong Australian flavour".

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Tuesday that Wisemantel had agreed to replace Shaun Berne, who was appointed by Michael Cheika earlier this year and worked with the Wallabies backs on their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

England were impressive in beating defending champions New Zealand in the semi-finals in Japan but came up short in the final against South Africa.

Wisemantel, who was Australia's skills coach under Jones in 2003 and again in 2007 under John Connolly, has also been on staff with the Samoa and Japan national teams during a peripatetic coaching career.

Jones, who is contracted to England until the middle of 2021, is also on the lookout for a new scrum coach before the Six Nations after Neal Hatley returned to the Bath club.

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