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Holed up in university, Hong Kong protesters issue demands

Protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university have partially cleared a road they were blocking and are demanding the government commit to holding local elections on Nov. 24.

A masked protester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong announced early Friday that the government has 24 hours to meet the demand.

Students and other protesters have taken over major campuses in Hong Kong, building barricades and stockpiling gasoline bombs and other weapons.

A protester sit with brick obstacles and Molotov cocktail on a barricade road near the the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Public broadcaster RTHK said that one lane of the Tolo Highway was cleared in both directions, but the government had not yet reopened it to traffic.

Anti-government protests have riven Hong Kong for more than five months. Pro-democracy activists say the government may use the violence as a reason to cancel the elections.

Firefighters extinguish the fire after protesters set alight the toll booths for the Cross Harbor Tunnel near the the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Protesters use umbrellas to block from view a fellow protester welding together metal barricades to close off the road in front of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Protesters use umbrellas to block from view a fellow protester welding together metal barricades to close off the road near a Hong Kong flag in front of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

A demonstrator holds a candle during a rally in support of firefighters and paramedics in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoVincent Yu)

A protester runs after throwing Molotov cocktails at the toll booth for the Cross Harbor Tunnel near the the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoNg Han Guan)

Protestors practice throwing molotov cocktails into a swimming pool at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoKin Cheung)

Medical volunteers and firemen light up their smartphones, during a rally in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving "one step closer to terrorism" by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities. (AP PhotoVincent Yu)