Pro-China and pro-Hong Kong students clash at University of Queensland
Pro-Hong Kong and pro-China students have clashed at the University of Queensland during a protest against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition law.To get more chinese news in english, you can visit shine news official website.
The protest, organised by Hong Kong international students to coincide with the university’s market day, turned violent when it was interrupted by other students.
Nilsson Jones, an editor of the university’s student magazine Semper Floreat, told Guardian Australia pro-Chinese students ripped up signs supporting Hong Kong and protesting against the Chinese state’s treatment of its Uighur population.
“There were signs saying ‘One million Muslims detained, ‘Free Hong Kong’ and things like that. Tensions escalated when Chinese students arrived – there were students holding speakers and blasting the Chinese national anthem.
“Things escalated and turned violent when pro-Chinese students started ripping up signs that the protesters were holding.”
Jones captured footage of two students punching and shoving each other on the university’s Brisbane campus.Jones estimated there were 50 Hong Kong international students and 100 or more domestic students in the original protest, opposed by 200 or more counter-protesters.
The University of Queensland said campus security called police to the scene.
“One of the roles of universities is to enable open, respectful and lawful free speech, including debate about ideas we may not all support or agree with,” the university said in a statement.
“The university expects staff and students to express their views in a lawful and respectful manner … Earlier today, in response to safety concerns resulting from a student-initiated protest on campus, the university requested police support.
“On the advice of police, protestors were requested to move on. The safety of all students is paramount to the university.”