To whom it may concern,
At this moment as we are writing this letter, the Hong Kong Police Force has completely surrounded our campus and blocked off all known exits for over 18 hours with heavy, live ammunition and has further planned to charge into campus grounds. With medical staff volunteers being compromised, hundreds of protestors are trapped within the campus and are in desperate need of immediate medical attention.
It has come to our attention that a small number of University staff and exchange students may be trapped within the campus, with no support and are in great danger of being confronted by the police force. Net media reporters and student journalists are at risk of being arrested.
We have also been informed that protestors are suffering from severe hypothermia as they were hit by water cannon from the Hong Kong Police Force’s (HKPF) crowd management vehicles. The university clinic has been occupied by police and there is a lack of on-site medical professionals as well as first-aid supplies. The injured refused to be sent to hospitals due to the foreseeable brutality of the police which has happened to people who attempted to leave the campus in the past 24 hours; they were beaten and covered in blood upon arrest. Delivery of medical aid and food supplies to the campus have been completely blocked; food supplies within the campus will run out in half a day.
We would like to call for support from humanitarian organisations by sending in well-equipped medical professionals to enter the university and save lives who are trapped on the campus.
The Hong Kong protest movement has spun into a humanitarian crisis. We would like to call for local and international organisations to offer any kind of assistance urgently in the hope of minimizing injuries and even saving lives. We also urge you to issue a statement to protect the basic human rights of our student victims.
In grave regards,
A group of PolyU alumni and students/Hong Kong Resident