HKU condemns students mourning over police attacker

Local | 8 Jul 2021 11:49 am

The University of Hong Kong today condemned the act of some of its students in mourning the police attacker who stabbed an officer in Causeway Bay on July 1.

The university’s student union council earlier passed a motion to express its deep sadness at the death of Leung Kin-fai, offering its sympathy and condolences to his family and friends and appreciates his sacrifice to Hong Kong.

In a statement, the university said it “strongly condemned” the student union council whitewashing violence and violent attacks.

“The portrayal of the stabbing of a police officer and the suicide of the attacker as ‘sacrifice’ sends a totally wrong message to society,” the statement read.

“The University condemns all forms of violence and opposes any speech or acts that promote and justify violence,” it added.

The stabbing of an officer in the back happened in Causeway Bay on the night of July 1, with the assailant being a 50-year-old man, who then took his own life. The 28-year-old officer sustained a punctured lung in the attack.

Authorities labeled the assailant, Leung Kin-fai, as a “lone wolf” domestic terrorist who had been politically radicalized, and blamed people who “incite hatred” against China.

The incident took place on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule, and thousands of police had been deployed across the city to prevent any protests in the deeply divided city.

It was also the anniversary the national security law for Hong Kong took effect, which broadly outlaws the crimes of secession, sedition, foreign collusion and terrorism. The law has been described as draconian and authoritarian, and authorities have been accused of using it to crush opposition following the 2019 mass pro-democracy protests.

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