Our university heads think there is safety in numbers. That may be why student radicals are going after them individually.
The chiefs recently released a joint statement declaring all campuses should be free of partisan politics, tolerant of opposing viewpoints and completely rejecting violence. Laudable sentiments, though likely to fall on deaf ears. Shortly thereafter, activists at Chinese University trapped its head, Professor Rocky Tuan Sung-chi, in meetings for hours and forced him to publicly condemn police violence.
Well, professor, who has been trying to burn down Hong Kong? Answer: not the police.
I am hoping other university chiefs will show more backbone. The Red Guards are now turning their attention to the University of Hong Kong. More than 2,600 students, alumni and staff have signed a petition demanding that HKU vice chancellor Zhang Xiang “condemn police brutality” and hold a dialogue with them. I am sure the professor would be happy to meet them, even if there had been no civil unrest. But those activists are grandstanding.