Student 'suicide' video triggers rampage on campus

Top News | Stella Wong 15 Oct 2019

Protesters went on a rampage at the Hong Kong Design Institute in Tiu Keng Leng after it refused to reveal the complete security footage of a 15-year-old female student's last moments on campus.

After the incident, the Vocational Training Council announced all classes will be canceled from today to Thursday in view of the "conditions of the facilities."

The teenaged girl, Chan Yin-lam, went missing last month and was found floating naked in the sea a few days later.

As she was known to have attended protests regularly, some suspected her death may be suspicious.

Police earlier said it was a suicide, adding her body bore no wound or indications of sexual assault, and that security footage shows she left her belongings at the school before walking barefoot to the waterfront.

Dozens of protesters in black gathered at Design Boulevard of the school in response to an online call to mourn Chan's death.

Later, hundreds of students joined a sit-in protest at the venue, demanding that the school show them the security footage.

Jerry Kwok Lung-kei, principal of Youth College, said the school kept the footage but that it would need more time to consult legal advice and seek consensus from Chan's family in order to reveal it.

After negotiations with protesters, the school said it would allow students and media to watch the video in batches.

In one clip, a shadow - which the school claimed to be Chan - walks pass the car park. But the time stamp jumps back from 57 seconds to 56 seconds. Furious protesters said they suspect the footage had been edited, which the school denied.

Another footage shows a female, believed to be Chan, taking a lift alone. The school stopped the showing when the lift doors open, saying other people would appear in the footage and their privacy should be protected.

But protesters became furious, grabbing the computer and surrounding the officials. They demanded to watch the complete, unedited footage in half an hour. Receiving no reply after a "deadline," they began smashing glass walls and doors with hammers and other tools. They also sprayed graffiti.

Meanwhile, the Equal Opportunities Commission called on victims of sexual abuse to file complaints, after a Chinese University student said an officer put his hand on her breast during her detention.

Chairman Ricky Chu Man-kin said since June, the commission has received over 100 inquiries related to protests, with most voicing concerns that police officers have sexually assaulted some protesters after arresting them.

He said many of these inquiries were based on photos or videos of alleged abuse.

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