Archer in the Atrium. Siege of PolyU. November 2019. An anti-government protestor readies his bow and arrow in the main atrium of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University ("PolyU") in the early morning of November 18, 2019. The atrium steps, doused in flammables as a defensive measure, had just been set ablaze in response to an attempt by riot police to storm PolyU's campus.
Months of protests over police brutality and a controversial extradition bill culminated in PolyU's occupation by anti-government protestors. For twelve days and nights, the university campus was transformed into yet another battleground between Hongkongers and the city's police force.