About 100 anti-government protesters remain holed up in a Hong Kong university while searching for escape routes on 19 November, the third day of clashes with police.
About 1.100 protesters were arrested in the past 24 hours on charges including rioting and possession of offensive weapons.
In light of the continuing rise in violence, the European Union called for restraint and respect for the fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly of the protesters.
“Only confidence building measures, including an inclusive and sincere dialogue, reconciliation and community engagement, can lead to a sustainable solution”, the EU stated, and added that “every effort needs to be made to ensure that the District Council elections on 24 November proceed as planned”.
“The European Union has close relations with Hong Kong under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and strongly values its continued stability and prosperity. Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy must be preserved in line with the Basic Law and international commitments”, the EU said.
The demonstrations began as a movement to block a controversial extradition bill, and escalated into a call for greater democratic rights in Hong Kong and a pushback against the growing influence of China.
Last week, police shot a protester and demonstrators set a pro-Beijing activist on fire.