Chinese University vice chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu urged students to wrap up their protest and offered to help them in seeking another dialogue with government officials, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
Sung issued the appeal in a speech during the university’s graduation ceremony Thursday morning.
The student union distributed 200 yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the pro-democracy protest, to the graduates, and about a dozen students unfurled the umbrellas during the graduation rites.
“Many students have stood on the front line of the protest, and everyone should express their views in a peaceful and sensible way,” Sung said.
“We respect the freedom and expression,” he said, adding that he didn’t mind those who held up their umbrellas during the ceremony.
But he urged the students to end their protest to let citizens return to their normal lives, the report said.
Sung also said the university would be more than happy to offer assistance in their talks with government officials.
“We hope that students would always express their views in a peaceful and sensible manner,” he said.
He said he believes student activists were not involved in the attack on the Legislative Council building early Wednesday morning.
Sung also said he was unaware that any student from the university had been denied access to the mainland for their involvement in the protest, the report said.
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