A lecturer in the University of Hong Kong was attacked by a mainlander during class on Monday because he did not teach in Mandarin, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
Cliff Buddle, an editor of the South China Morning Post and a part-time lecturer in media law, was attacked with a file folder and kicked, the report said.
Buddle suffered injuries to his hands and chest and was was sent to Queen Mary Hospital.
The 26-year old attacker was arrested by the police. He claimed to be a student from Tsinghua University in Beijing, the report said.
Buddle said the attacker, who was seated in the back of the classroom, suddenly walked toward him when the class was almost over.
He said he had never seen the man and did not understand what he was saying. The next thing he knew, he was being kicked in the chest, Buddle was quoted as saying.
Witnesses said the attacker had shouted at Buddle, asking why the lecture was not in Mandarin.
The suspect later told police his actions were justified, saying class lectures in Hong Kong should be conducted in Mandarin after its return to China.
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