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Hong Kong protests hit universities

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Science  22 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6468, pp. 935
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6468.935

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Protests in Hong Kong over the city's autonomy within China and delays in expected democratic reforms started peacefully in early June, but activists progressively escalated tactics that last week led to pitched battles with police on several university campuses. Aside from extensive destruction at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the site of a prolonged standoff between a small band of holdouts and riot police, universities reported varying degrees of damage to campus infrastructure but that research facilities remained largely intact. Academics are more worried that the images of campuses drenched in Molotov cocktails and tear gas will make it difficult to recruit graduate students and faculty from around the world. There are also concerns about the potential erosion of academic freedoms as China exerts increasing control over the territory.

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