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HKU students clash with police at council meeting

2016-01-26 HKT 22:43
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  • Friends help a female student who was pushed to the ground. Photo: RTHK
    Friends help a female student who was pushed to the ground. Photo: RTHK
There were chaotic scenes at the University of Hong Kong in the early hours of Wednesday morning as its new council chairman, Arthur Li, was trapped in a school building by hundreds of angry students demanding he come out to talk to them.

The students had been calling for a review of the way the university is governed. They say the current set-up has led to political interference. The university's vice-chancellor, Peter Mathieson, eventually came out around 1.30am to try to address their concerns.

Earlier, the students clashed with security guards and police after they tried to prevent several council members from leaving the school. At least one person was injured. Li was trapped in the building for several hours but later left with the help of police.

Their protest followed the first meeting of the council under Li. After the meeting, the council released a statement it had unanimously agreed to set up a review panel to study the governance and effectiveness of the university.

It said this was in the spirit of studies conducted in 2003 and 2009 which suggested such a review be carried out every five years. It also said any stakeholder of the university or member of the public is welcome to submit their views to the review panel.

Later, Mathieson came out to address the students. He reiterated that a review panel would be set up. He also said that Li had agreed to meet student representatives within 10 days, and that he too would attend.