Several universities have offered assistance to their students who were arrested for staging an overnight sit-in after the July 1 pro-democracy march, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.
At least 85 students were arrested and eventually released after they occupied several streets in Central and Admiralty on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, but police may file charges against them.
University of Hong Kong vice-chancellor Peter William Mathieson was understood to have met with the chairperson of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, saying while he does not fully agree with civil disobedience, he has agreed to help write plea letters if the students are prosecuted.
Joseph Sung, vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said he understands the students’ quest for democracy and the protests were not for their personal benefit. Apart from offering counselling to look after the students’ emotions, the university said it would contact alumni to offer legal advice.
Hong Kong Baptist University vice-chancellor Albert Chan said he respects the rights of the students and teachers who participated in the protest action.
Both Sung and Chan said they hope protesters would express their views in a peaceful way.
Meanwhile, an online petition in support of the students have collected some 4,800 signatures as of Thursday night.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students has reportedly scheduled a meeting this Sunday with the 511 people who were arrested after the July 1 march. The federation is going to explain to them the judicial procedures and legal aid they can obtain.
So far, the group has been able to contact 80 of the people from various tertiary education institutions, and are still trying to contact the others, the report said.
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