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- The ongoing protests in Hong Kong have seen increased violence, from both protesters and the police.
- In the most extreme cases, the police shot a protester at close range, while protesters doused a man in gasoline and set him on fire. Beyond violence, the protests have crippled the city's public transit system and caused major economic losses.
- Today, police are locked in a standoff with about 300 protesters on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Protesters fought with bows and arrows and gasoline bombs, while police fired tear gas and water cannons. On Monday, dozens of protesters attempted to escape the campus.
- In October, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill supporting the protesters. In response, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, "We urge the U.S. to clearly assess the situation and pull back before it's too late...The U.S. side must immediately stop pushing the relevant bills, stop supporting violent offenses, and stop using Hong Kong to interfere in China's domestic affairs."