Mainland Chinese student attacks HK uni lecturer

Mainland Chinese student attacks HK uni lecturer
A visiting mainland Chinese student at Hong Kong University assaulted a British professor, demanding that the lecturer and students speak more Mandarin in class.

HONG KONG - A mainland Chinese student assaulted a British professor during a lecture at Hong Kong University on Oct 6, demanding that the professor and students speak more Mandarin in class.

According to a video posted on Facebook, the assailant attacked lecturer Mr Cliff Buddle, who is also an editor with the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post.

The South China Morning Post identified the student as Liu Lu, 26, who claimed to be a visiting student from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In a video posted on YouTube, a student witness who was in the class, Ms Angela Liu, said that Liu had first used a journal to hit the lecturer on his shoulder before kicking his stomach and the lower part of his body.

In the Facebook video, the mainland Chinese student then tries to leave the lecture theatre immediately, but was prevented by two students.

He then shouts out to the shocked students: "Do you know that you are all Chinese? You should show more patriotism and speak less English!"

Mr Buddle then dismissed the students from class early after the incident, but the students insisted on staying until security guards arrived.

Liu later said that his act was to show discontent at the use of English as the medium of instruction in lectures as Hong Kong had already been returned to China, and mentioned that he "just can't bear the foreigners".

He was later arrested by police.

The South China Morning Post reported that Liu has pleaded not guilty to a charge of common assault, and will be facing trial on Oct 31.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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