2nd December 2019 – (Hong Kong) After police removed the blockage at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on 29th November, university authority has taken over the campus to commence restoration and repair works. Only authorised personnel are allowed to enter the campus now. Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of the Council of PolyU expressed on a radio interview today that the campus is still in a dilapidated state. More petrol bombs were found yesterday on the campus and the situation is still hazardous. All the elevators are currently suspended and there are many leakages found in buildings. The restoration works are complicated and the study environment is severely affected.
All research projects are disrupted as laboratories are damaged. It may also involve leakage of Intellectual Property rights. Their target is to resume classes by mid-January 2020 after completion of assessment of the total losses and damages by next week. Lam believes that PolyU was a scapegoat in the incident as the rioters were targeting the government and not university. He felt that they should not bear the repair costs alone and the government should subsidise them fully. He is saddened by the current state of the campus as he regards PolyU as his second home. He hopes that the campus can be restored as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, around 50 workers including paramedics arrived at the campus today to clear the debris. Firemen also arrived at the scene this morning to search for dangerous items.