Hong Kong student arrested after forum at University of Science and Technology turned violent

Danny Mok

A Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student was arrested on Monday in connection with an incident at the university last year during which at least four other students were injured.

On November 6, hundreds of students met HKUST president Wei Shyy to discuss Chow Tsz-lok, a second-year computer science undergraduate who fell from a car park near an area of confrontation between anti-government protesters and police two days before.

Chow was in critical condition in hospital at the time and died two days later.

During the dialogue at the campus’ Jockey Club Atrium, Shyy was urged by angry students to condemn what they claimed was police brutality.

Chaos erupted at the forum after a mainland student was said to have pushed a local to the ground without offering an apology. A melee ensued leaving at least four people injured.

A police spokesman said a student had subsequently filed a complaint and officers arrested a final year student in Tuen Mun at about 6am on Monday morning.

The spokesman said the man had been detained and added further arrests were possible.

A university spokesman said it would closely monitor the development of the situation and would provide suitable help to the student involved.

Chow’s death sparked both peaceful and violent protests involving clashes with police.

The exact circumstances of the fall remain unclear, but many protesters blame police, who were at the time conducting a clearance operation nearby against a group trying to disrupt an officer’s wedding.

Some have also accused the police of delaying medical help for Chow, who waited 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

However, the force said no officers entered the car park during that time.

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