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Catapults, flaming arrows: Hong Kong protesters resort to medieval weapons

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​Campuses turn into armed camps
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​Campuses turn into armed camps

Protesters, including student, who barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong's universities have tried to turn the campuses into armed camps, resorting to medieval weapons to stop police from entering the grounds.

In pic: Students with their homemade gears take their position outside the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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​Medieval weapons
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​Medieval weapons

Their weapons include bows and arrows, catapults and hundreds of gasoline bombs stacked up to ramparts - often built by the students.

In pic: Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at the toll booth for the Cross Harbor Tunnel near the the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong.

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​Are they lethal?
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​Are they lethal?

The police described many of the devices as lethal weapons and warned protesters they will be prosecuted if they are caught using them.

In pic: A protester fills balloons with paint and water at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.

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​Homespun approach
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​Homespun approach

Chairs and mattresses have been pulled from college dorms for use as barricades or shields against increasingly heavy barrages of police rubber bullets.

This homespun approach has also taken on a medieval edge in one of Asia's most modern cities.

In pic: Students make molotov cocktails at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

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​Acts of defiance
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​Acts of defiance

Hong Kong remains littered with barricades, broken glass and bricks -- collected into small castles in acts of defiance.

In pic: Protesters move bricks as they barricade a road near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.

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​Reason behind it
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​Reason behind it

Protesters said they need the weapons to protect the campuses from police using tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons.

In pic: A pro-democracy protester makes nail roadblocks inside the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

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