A 21-year-old man was arrested on Thursday evening on suspicion of assaulting a Hong Kong university student leader during an anti-government event on campus.
Police said they received a report of the incident at Polytechnic University in Hung Hom at 7.24pm, in which the victim, also a 21-year-old man, was allegedly hit in the face.
The university’s student union said its acting president, Ken Woo Kwok-wang, was hit on the right side of his face during a protest against the government’s handling of the extradition bill demonstrations.
The union claimed the attacker said: “Why am I not allowed to hit you when you all can throw petrol bombs at others?”
Students at the scene stopped the attacker, the union said. Police said Woo was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital.
The controversial bill, which has now been withdrawn, would have allowed the transfer of criminal suspects to jurisdictions the city has no extradition deal with, including mainland China, where many fear there is no guarantee of a fair trial.
The university confirmed the attack and said police were investigating.
Separately, Zoey Leung Siu-yuk, external vice-president of Baptist University’s student union, said that two days ago she was detained at the Australian border in Melbourne for half an hour, and had her mobile phone checked.
Leung was visiting the city to speak to local legislators after clashes there among natives of Hong Kong and mainland China over the extradition bill.
Leung said border guards wanted to check her social media accounts and photos on her mobile phone.
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