The Chinese University of Hong Kong Students’ Union has blasted comments by the university’s pro-vice-chancellor that paint a negative picture of students taking part in the Occupy movement.
Professor Hau Kit-tai said in an interview with Ta Kung Pao, a pro-Beijing newspaper, that some of the protesters are overly obsessed with the “Likes” they accumulated from posting attention-getting messages on their Facebook accounts.
Meanwhile, he said, they maintain a sloppy attitude to their studies and spend too much time on video games, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
The students’ union demanded that Hau take back his words.
In response, Hau said it was regrettable that his words were being misinterpreted as applying to all the students.
He emphasized that he had no argument with the students over their caring about their community and their quest for democracy.
The students’ union said even CUHK vice-chancellor Joseph Sung has paid tribute to the students’ determination and efforts in fighting for democracy, even though he has urged students to consider returning home.
A union representative said a student would not camp out at the protest site for 30 nights at the risk of being arrested or facing tear gas just because of a “Like” on his or her Facebook page.
In his defence, Hau said his utmost concern was the the safety of the students in the event of a clearing operation by the police, the consequences of which could have a huge impact on their studies.
“I hope the students can make achievements not just in political terms but also in their academic and personal well-being,” he said.
“My words might have been strong, but it was all because I really care about them,” Hau said.
“They should consider things from more perspectives than one.”
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