Around 800 people have left the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in a peaceful manner and cooperated with police investigation, the Hong Kong police said in a statement early Wednesday.
"Among all, 300 people are under 18 years old. At around 10 p.m. (on Tuesday), a group of 20 volunteer first-aiders left through the main entrance and at around 11 p.m., about 10 masked rioters attempted to escape from the main entrance and were intercepted by police," the statement said.
Up to now, nearly 900 people have surrendered to the police in the PolyU incident, about 300 people are 18-year-old or under, around 500 to 600 people are above 18, Lee Ka-Chiu, secretary for security of Hong Kong told the media on Wednesday.
"We hope the incident will be resolved in a peaceful and orderly manner", Lee reiterated and appealed to all people in PolyU to surrender to the police as soon as possible.
Rioters have been occupying the PolyU campus for over a week, during which police have repeatedly warned them to leave. Police have always emphasized two fundamental principles: peaceful resolution and flexibility, the statement added.
Earlier, a total of 3,900 petrol bombs were found at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and the number of petrol bombs found at PolyU is estimated to be larger, the police told reporters.
Police again appealed to all staying in the campus to leave in a peaceful manner and pledged to bring offenders to justice in a fair manner. (Updated)