The following is a statement by Timothy Lee, Candidate for Membership to CUHK Convocation Committee.
“On the first day of the new semester yesterday, the University Security Unit turned one CUHK student in to the Police after using allegedly unauthorised force to detain him. This student is subsequently arrested by the Police under the charges of common assault and disorder in public places. In a statement later issued by the University’s spin office, the Tuan’s management reaffirmed their position to suppress and attack the oppositional voices from its students by assuring they will ‘fully cooperate with police investigation’ and branding protesters as mere vandals.
I join the University Student Union and others to express my strong protest against the University’s action and response. The Chinese University of Hong Kong should be an institution for its students, not against. What happened yesterday morning is a direct action in protest of the University Security Unit’s recent unjust policies and actions, which the management of the University failed to address. The only way to resolve such conflicts is an open forum between different parties, one thing in which the management have also repeatedly denied to engage.
Our campus should be a temple of academic freedom, where members should be able to candidly exchange their ideas and freely express their opinions. We the graduates are disheartened, discontented and disappointed to see national security agents storming our campus and see our juniors were arrested, especially as direct results of the University’s action.
If Rocky Tuan and his management team seek mutual trust with the students, tear down this gate. Let our campus be open and free again, and, most importantly, stop colluding with the tyrannical police force in persecuting the young generation of our homeland. In times of crisis, it may be extremely difficult but is only correct to be a personal of integrity, which I believe to be especially true for the educated ones in our society.”