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‘Students are gangsters’: Commotion on campus as protesters threaten to ‘beat up’ HKU Vice Chancellor

A group of demonstrators convened at the University of Hong Kong on Friday afternoon to express their disapproval of HKU Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson. As the group gathered, the editor-in-chief of an HKU student publication attempted to raise awareness of the Johannes Chan pro-vice-chancellor appointment affair a couple of feet away.

The protesters said that Peter Mathieson had no right to be the Vice-Chancellor of HKU and threatened to bring along rods to beat up him next time, HKU’s Campus TV reported.

They chanted slogans such as “HKU students are gangsters,” and held signs saying “Protect Hong Kong together, Mathieson get out,” and “Please do not encourage violence, it will mislead our children, restore civility to Hong Kong for the society.” According to the banners, protesters belong to a group called “Treasure Friendship Group.”

HKU student Dorothy Ng, who was present at the scene, told HKFP that the group of about 20 protesters were demanding Peter Mathieson’s resignation and urging students to focus on their education instead of disturbing the University’s management. The protest lasted around 30 minutes, she said.

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Photo: 青年新政 – Youngspiration via Facebook.

Another student who was on the scene commented on Facebook saying that the protesters soon left of their own volition, as the scores of students moving along the road made it difficult for them to further enter the campus.

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Photo: Isabel Wong via Facebook.

Meanwhile, Undergrad editor-in-chief Marcus Lau was seen shouting into a microphone a couple of feet away. According to Campus TV, Lau had been explaining to passing students the recent events regarding the voting down of Johannes Chan as HKU pro-vice-chancellor by the HKU council.

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Undergrad editor-in-chief Marcus Lau. Photo: Isabel Wong via Facebook.

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Posted by Campus TV, H.K.U.S.U. 香港大學學生會校園電視 on Thursday, October 1, 2015

On Tuesday evening, 12 HKU Council members voted against the appointment of former Faculty of Law dean Johannes Chan while eight voted in favour, blocking Chan’s appointment in spite of the search committee’s recommendation.

Reuters published an article in which Peter Mathieson said that he could not rule out the possibility that Beijing was behind the episode. However, he later stated that he was not pointing the finger at anyone in particular.

Additional Reporting: Medhavi Arora.

'Students are gangsters': Commotion on campus as protesters threaten to 'beat up' HKU Vice Chancellor