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Hong Kong protests: Aftermath of Polytechnic University siege

Images from inside Hong Kong's Polytechnic University show the aftermath of a week-long standoff between protesters and police.

On Tuesday, university officials spent hours searching for anyone left. The fight for control of the Polytechnic University has been one of the defining moments of nearly six months of anti-government protests in the territory.

Protesters barricaded themselves inside the campus almost two weeks ago. The authorities responded by sealing off the campus, trapping more than 1,000 inside. Over the past week, most protesters have either surrendered or escaped.

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Belongings are left on a basketball court Image copyright AFP
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A team including university management, security guards, councillors and the Hong Kong Red Cross walk through a canteen in search of any remaining protesters who may be hiding.

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A team walk though a canteen kitchen at PolyU Image copyright AFP
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Food was left cooking on a hob in the canteen kitchen.

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Food left cooking on a hob is seen in the canteen kitchen at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Image copyright AFP
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Activists - some armed with bows and arrows - engaged in intense battles with the police during the siege. Other items found during the search included, below, a Molotov cocktail and a hammer left on the roof of a university building.

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A Molotov cocktail and a hammer left on the roof of a university building Image copyright Reuters
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A disparate collection of items were found discarded inside buildings on the campus. Here, clothes could be seen strewn all over a bathroom floor.

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Clothes are discarded in university bathrooms Image copyright AFP
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Other items left behind by protesters included face masks...

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Face masks are left on a table Image copyright Reuters
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...helmets and food left in one room...

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Belongings such as helmets and food are left in a room Image copyright Reuters
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...and other belongings left in a dorm.

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Belongings left in a dorm room in Hong Kong Polytechnic Image copyright Reuters
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Officials found only one woman lying exhausted on a couch, who refused to leave. Others might be in hiding, but it is thought unlikely that anyone else remains.

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A shattered window at Poly U Image copyright Reuters
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