Police uses water cannon against students and journalists after a disguised retreat
Reneging on the agreement with the university of evacuating the student protesters to solve the tense standoff, police launched water cannon which contains dye and tear spray to the crowd five minutes after delivering the news at 10p.m.on 12 November 2019. It was reported that many affected students and reporters felt unwell after being sprayed by the liquid. Voluntary first-aiders assisted with the treatments.
Later in a police press conference, the authority claimed the deployment of water cannon was to ‘assisted cops to withdraw safely’.