Hong Kong, Nov 9: Number of students from mainland China here have fled the autonomous region over fears that they will be attacked in retribution for the death of an undergraduate, who passed away a day ago, South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) student named Chow Tsz-lok died four days after falling from a car park in Tseung Kwan O as a police dispersal operation, which included the firing of tear gas, took place nearby.
News of Chow’s death led to more violence at HKUST.
Xu Jiang, a mainland professor at the university’s department of electronic and computer engineering, had his office smashed by violent protesters on Friday.
Already on edge over the anti-mainland sentiment among protesters – and after a mainland student was attacked on campus on Wednesday – dozens of others at HKUST are leaving or have plans to do so, afraid they could be next.
“I don’t want to become the next mainland student who runs foul of the local students and gets beaten or is forced to apologise,” said Adam, a mainland student who declined to give his real name for fear of being identified. He left for Shenzhen on Friday night. (UNI)