HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong voters lined up by hundreds at some polling stations to cast their ballots in local council elections early on Sunday for fear of stopping the vote later, after six months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.
Brutal attacks on Hong Kong government candidates have drawn global attention, where local council elections are seen as an important measure of the level of support for the under-pressure Hong Kong executive.
Many see the election as a "referendum" on support for an anti-government protest movement as the city faces the biggest political crisis in decades.
The confrontation at Polytechnic entered its seventh day on Sunday, with police surrounding the campus as protesters stayed inside the lecture halls and first-aid staff toured the campus.
Witnesses said police deployment was limited, despite earlier reports that riot police planned to protect all polling stations.
The protests were triggered by efforts to enact a law that would have sent wanted people to China for trial and quickly evolved into calls for full democracy, the biggest public challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.