HKU tightens net in wall row

Top News | Mandy Zheng 30 Sep 2020

Mandy Zheng

The University of Hong Kong has made a report to the police after a group of vandals tore up pro-democracy posters on the "Lennon Wall" on campus over the weekend.

This came as the HKU student union yesterday called for fellow students to "rebuild the wall" with more posters and demanded the school's security department take responsibility for failing to stop the vandals.

The university has since stepped up security and those entering campus will be required to show student or staff cards, its executive vice-president, Steve Lo Chit-ki, said in an internal e-mail sent on Monday.

Visitors should provide supporting documents for their visit, and those failing to do so will have to leave their personal particulars.

"Authorized staff at the entrances may conduct random checks of bags," Lo added.

On Saturday night, some 30 people - all outsiders - vandalized the wall that carried messages in support of anti-government protesters.

In a Facebook video uploaded by the student union, some in the group were heard shouting: "We're here to clean up the garbage in Hong Kong!"

Another video online showed some tearing away the posters, while others carried garbage bags to take the posters away.

A woman was heard saying: "The reason why we are doing this is because we don't want our kids to study at such a dirty university."

Meanwhile, students have put up new posters on the wall.

A newly placed poster said: "Can your kids get into HKU? Try if you can."

Another one warned against damaging the posters, saying: "Manners matter."

Union president Edy Jeh Tsz-lam has submitted an open letter to the university's registrar, Jeannie Tsang Wing-shi, demanding HKU president Zhang Xiang condemn the vandals and that the security department take responsibility for their "misconduct."

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