A dozen students barged into a meeting of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) council Tuesday after it affirmed its decision to delay the appointment of a pro vice chancellor.
The break-in happened at about 9.30 p.m. after the council voted 12-8 to delay naming a fifth pro vice chancellor until a new deputy vice chancellor has been appointed.
Council member Lo Chung-mau fell down during the commotion, claiming he was hit in the knee, Ming Pao Daily reports.
Two video clips of the incident show him falling without being touched.
A shaken Ayesha Macpherson Lau was taken in a gurney after feeling unwell as she tried to drive off.
The students heckled executive councilor Arthur Li with taunts of “shame on you”.
Council chairman Leong Che-hung and vice chancellor Peter Mathieson agreed to a closed-door meeting with the students half an hour later.
Leong promised to take up the appointment of a pro vice chancellor in September.
HKU Students Union chairman Billy Fung threatened to escalate their action if Leong did not deliver.
Meanwhile, Aloysius Wilfred Raj Arokiaraj, a student representative to the HKU council, said he is resigning to protest the decision.
Johannes Chan, the former HKU law dean widely tipped for pro vice chancellor after he was recommended by a search committee, called the decision “laughable and sad”.
Mathieson refused to say if disciplinary action will be taken against the students, merely saying they should take responsibility for their behavior.
He said the incident reminded him of his concerns about the student-led democracy protests last year.
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