Protesters in Hong Kong have defied an official ban and staged more pro-democracy rallies. Tensions have spiked again after a protest leader and another activist were violently assaulted earlier this week.
As a political solution remains out of sight, violence between demonstrators and police in Hong Kong has escalated as many young people see themselves as carrying out a "final battle" for their civil liberties.
The mayhem in the streets of Hong Kong has reached its universities. Political scientist Stephan Ortmann, who teaches at one of them, does not believe that there will be a peaceful solution to the conflict.
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."
A government ban on wearing face masks was "incompatible with the Basic Law" of Hong Kong, the territory's highest court has ruled. The ban was aimed at pro-democracy protesters trying to hide their identity.
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