Daring Rope Escape in Hong Kong

Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters dramatically escape a two-day police siege at a university campus late Monday by shimmying down ropes from a bridge to waiting motorbikes

Clashes rumbled into the early hours of Tuesday between protesters and police who had threatened to use deadly force to dislodge activists holed up at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Several dozen people remained on the campus, although a number of minors were allowed to leave after negotiations with lawmakers.

The United States said Monday that Hong Kong authorities bear the "primary responsibility for bringing calm" to the city.

Both Washington and the European Union urged restraint from all sides and called for an inquiry into the use of force during the protests.(AFP)

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