Reporter's Notebook: Hong Kong Poly U looks like a war zone
CGTN's Jim Spellman has been in Hong Kong for less than a week, but already so much has happened.
Here are some of the observations he has seen in the city.
On our first day here, we went to a protest and we got to see the passion that the people have who want change in the government here in Hong Kong. We also got to see the passion of the people who are on the establishment side, who want to see law and order restored to their city and who are proud that Hong Kong is part of China.
Then came the Election. There was a real sense in the city that something was about to change, but it was not at all clear what.
But before Hong Kong can deal with its future, it must deal with its recent past.
That brings us here to the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University; site of some of the fiercest fighting between police and rioters. Walking through campus there are Molotov cocktails, homemade catapults. It looks like a war zone.
We've been covering the ongoing searches for few hold out rioters believed to be somewhere on this campus. Soon enough they will clear the place out and they will clean it up, but it's not clear what's next for this city.
It's been interesting to follow the way other media have been covering it. It's impossible to get a handle on what's happening here from any one media source. I'm glad there are journalists from all over the world as well as tremendous local journalists covering what's going on here. I feel fortunate to be able to add my voice to that coverage and to be here for this momentous time as Hong Kong sits at a crossroads.