Profs take prison life in stride

Central Station | 14 May 2019

Life behind bars has naturally brought about a major shift in lifestyles for Occupy leaders Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man.

Tai, 54, however, continues to be a law professor as fellow inmates consult him on laws. But most are interested in the sharp end of justice rather than finer points of jurisprudence.

As for retired sociology professor Chan, 60, he's teaching again.

Beatrice Chu Shun-nga, a Democratic Party member and Tuen Mun district councilor, provided an update on the two after visiting them at Shek Pik and Pik Uk prisons a few days ago. They looked great and wore smiles atop their prison outfits, she recounted on Facebook.

Chan is in a 30-person barrack-room cell at Pik Uk and fellow inmates are respectful. Almost 90 percent are smokers but stay away from Chan while puffing so he won't breathe in secondhand smoke.

Chan has been teaching some of them English and stays healthy by meditating and jogging every morning. He aims to earn enough money to buy a pair of white running shoes.

Tai, meanwhile, is in a two-person cell, and his cellmate is watching out for his companion's interests. He runs for 40 minutes every Wednesday.

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