Rallies erupted in the city, with people expressing support for the trapped students. "Save PolyU, save the students!" They chanted. In the densely packed streets adjacent to the university, protesters using umbrellas as shields, fenced off police lines and were repelled by tear gas.
It is impossible to create a political agreement to end the uprising that has shattered Hong Kong's reputation as a stable foundation for business, with the city's leadership becoming more paralyzed, even as protests are tightened.
Spiraling violence and severe destruction have exacerbated concerns about China's one-two-system framework, in which Hong Kong-led CEO Keram Lam is said to enjoy relative freedoms and autonomy from Beijing by 2047.
Campus violence and police response point to a lack of leadership and confusion for both leaders in Hong Kong and Beijing, said Minxin Pei, a Chinese policy expert at Claremont McKenna College. Even while police threatened to use live circles to crush the Polytechnic occupation, Lam was noticeably absent from public view throughout the weekend, at a time when Chinese leader Xi Jinping was traveling abroad.
"Kari Lam really does not want to be held responsible for any large-scale violence at this point, as Beijing will make the final decision whether to escalate to use live rounds," Pei said. "I don't think Beijing wants to cause major bloodshed, but the decisions taken in Beijing over the next 48 hours will be crucial."
In a new rebate for Lam, the Hong Kong Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the government used The British colonial-era emergency ordinance banning the cover of public meetings was unconstitutional. Lam had introduced a measure sought by pro-government politicians to help police identify protesters and effectively expand their arrest powers.
Lam visited an early policeman at the hospital on Monday with about 1
0 minutes left. She did not make any public comments and her office did not respond to a request for comment. Later in the day, in a message on his Facebook account, Lam condemned the protesters and urged them to obey the police.
The clashes renewed fears that the Hong Kong government may suspend local elections in November 24. Patrick Nipp, Hon. A Congolese official in charge of continental affairs, said the ability to hold elections depends on stopping the violence of protesters and that the government will "do everything possible" to allow the vote to continue.
At the Polytechnic University, a protesting frontman who refused to give his name out of fear of retaliation, said people were frantically trying to find a way out of campus in the face of the police environment. Protesters who broke into the doctor's office left blood in the room – and a note apologizing
University President Jin-Guang Ten in a video statement called for students to surrender to authorities.
Nearby, broken bricks, scaffolding and fences were scattered on the streets of the Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district.
"We feel very disappointed with the government," says Peter, a 30-year-old official who was dressed in business attire and refused to give his full name as he watched tear gas rise from the street. "There are many ways to solve the problem, such as dialogue.
At a news conference, regional police commander Chowk Howeep said officers gave protesters "enough time and enough warning" to disperse.  He said there was no plan for the police to invade the campus so far. "If they surrender and go out, we will arrange appropriate medical care for them," Chowk says.
About 500 to 600 students remain trapped on campus, said Derek Liu, president of the university's student union.
Fears are mounting with the onset of the crisis that the ruling Communist Party in China may experience deadly intervention. In 1989, soldiers opened fire on Tiananmen Square, killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of student protesters.
Chinese state-owned media poured blood on Monday. In a commentary on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, Hu Xijin editor of the Global Times tabloid, calls on Hong Kong police to be authorized to use rifles against protesters who armed themselves with a hammer cocktail, bows and arrows, bricks and other weapons. Snipers should use live ammunition to bring out armed protesters, Hu said, adding that "if there is riot death, the police should not be held legally responsible."
In an English-language version, the China Daily leadership said that Xi called on the Hong Kong government to take "tougher action" to restore order, in its strongest statement so far. "The government [Hong Kong]which has hitherto taken a relatively soft line, must assume its responsibility to protect the lives and well-being of law-abiding Hong Kong residents and take more decisive measures to counter violence and uphold the rule of law," the editorial says
Under the pressure of a trade war with the United States, a global critique of Chinese repression against Xinjiang's ethnic minorities and a slowing domestic economy, Seeks to design a difficult line for Hong Kong, but Bloody Rep. remission would play out in the glare of the world media and further worry about losing autonomy in Hong Kong during Xi
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that no one should underestimate Beijing's determination to maintain Chinese sovereignty and stability
Protests flared up in June over an already abandoned proposal to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. But since then, the movement has grown into a broader response to China's growing influence on Hong Kong, including demands for full democracy and police accountability.
Emily Lo, a pro-democracy politician, stated that Lam was unable to do anything because "she was awaiting Beijing orders. "But Xi was in a power struggle, she said, and his party enemies were" happy to see Hong Kong burn down "because it made him seem unable to control the situation.
Among the protesters, the general population of Hong Kong, local government and central government in Beijing, "the weakest of the four players is our government," said Jasper Tsang, a former head of the Hong Kong Legislature, who belonged to the pro-Beijing camp over the weekend as he described a city in paralysis.
"The Government [Hong Kong]: not in a state of doing nothing, Kari Lam acknowledged, "Tsang says in an interview with the Hong Kong Free Press." There is no strong decision-making mechanism. [Lam] listens to hard people and no politician who can take responsibility. " Samson Ewen, an associate professor of political science at Hong Kong's Lingnan University, said the Hong Kong government had been absent throughout the crisis.  "It would actually be quite surprising that they came out at this point and suddenly came up with a political solution," he said. "It is almost designed to be so from the moment they decide not to negotiate with the protesters. It only means a depressing result.
Shih reports from Beijing. David Crawshaw contributed to this report.