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Hong Kong leader calls on 100 protesters inside univ. to surrender

Hong Kong youths exit from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to surrender to police in Hong Kong, on Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- About 100 protesters remain holed up inside a university under police siege on Tuesday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said, while calling on them to swiftly surrender in a bid to bring the days-long standoff with police to an end.

The territory's chief executive told a news conference that about 600 protesters have left the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in the Kowloon area, including about 200 who are under 18 years old.

Lam said the police arrested about 400 demonstrators who had occupied the university.

The standoff between anti-government protesters and police continued as the Hong Kong government warned the unrest stands to jeopardize district council elections scheduled for Sunday.

The protests, sparked by a now-withdrawn bill that sought to allow extraditions to mainland China, have been ongoing since June, presenting the government with its biggest challenge yet since the territory's handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

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