PV International Desk : Hong Kong police on Monday trapped hundreds of protesters inside a major university and demonstrators rampaged through a tourist district, after almost two straight days of standoffs that have raised fears of a bloody showdown.

Defiant protesters inside Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University faced off against a police water cannon and armoured vehicles in raging battles that lasted an entire day and through the night.

In the Nathan Road area away from the campus, black-clad protesters roamed streets before dawn, many carrying petrol bombs, while three young women pushed a trolley of petrol bombs down one of the city’s busiest tourist districts.

Others dug up paving slabs and used bricks to block roads, some chanting: “Liberate HK, revolution of our time.”

A police officer was shot in the calf by an arrow as anti-government protesters, many of them students, responded to police with salvos of petrol bombs and bricks hurled by homemade catapults.