13 Nov 2019

Statement by The Chinese University of Hong Kong

13 Nov 2019

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) expresses deep regret and strong condemnation over the sequence of conflicts and violent, unlawful activities which took place on the CUHK campus yesterday (12 November). Despite multiple attempts to coordinate and negotiate with both parties made by the Vice-Chancellor and senior management, the negotiation ultimately failed due to sustained confrontation. Petrol bombs and injurious objects were continuously thrown by the crowd present during the confrontation, while the police fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. The University is saddened to learn that a number of colleagues and students were injured in these incidents.

CUHK has the responsibility to ensure the safety of all staff and students on campus. All forms of violence or acts that pose a danger to others are prohibited. If anyone should use the campus for any illegal or violent activities, the University is duty bound to invoke its established rules and regulations to safeguard the security of the campus and the safety of all CUHK members. The University sincerely appeals to all members of the University and different sectors of the community to give us time and space for a prompt restoration of order and function on campus, so that the University can carry on with our primary mission of teaching and learning to service the community by means of knowledge creation and dissemination.

Upon learning of the arrest of CUHK students yesterday, Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, went to the police station to visit the arrested students. Three students were subsequently released on bail and provided medical and legal assistance. The University will continue to provide appropriate assistance to other injured members of the University.