Students’ unions at several universities in Hong Kong have stood up for protesters who clashed with the police in Mong Kok on Monday night.
The unions say the government is to blame for causing public rage and that they will never yield to suppression, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
At least five students, including three from the University of Hong Kong and two from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, have been arrested for taking part in the clashes, in which more than 100 people, most of whom are police officers, were injured.
The two universities said they will keep a close eye on what police will do in the aftermath of the incident.
HKU said it will provide its arrested students with assistance if necessary, while CUHK stressed that any form of violence is not acceptable.
The HKU Students’ Union said in a statement titled “Forever we stand with the rebels” that the Mong Kok incident resulted from the fact that police “intentionally” instigated people’s anger and that it is absolutely justified for people to conquer their fears by fighting back.
“In the midst of teargas and frightening gunshots, we no longer fear and will stride forward with courage, unveiling the start of a brand new way of protest,” the statement said.
The student group said it will never leave those who take actions against police brutality isolated and helpless.
HKUSU’s statement was echoed by that of its counterpart at CUHK, which said the root of the problem is long-term suppression by the government.
The Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union described what the government called a riot as a “fishball revolution” that originated in the authorities’ mishandling of fishball hawkers.
The union condemned the government for driving people to rebel by using unreasonable force against protesters.
It also expressed its support for the protesters by quoting celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s words in 2009 that “between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg” — even if the eggs are armed, the union said.
Condemning excessive use of force by police during the clashes, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union urged the government to face up to the incident but not to demand that citizens take responsibility for it.
The Lingnan University Students’ Union called for preparations for more intense fights in the future against an unjust regime and the state apparatus behind it.
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