Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) announced that the police has cancelled a recruitment talk scheduled to take place on campus, after the student union issued a strongly-worded statement of disapproval last week.

“Since the Occupy protests, the police image has changed and a huge reason for this is the violence they inflicted on protesters during the movement. They used batons to hit students who were not even armed – and this is inhumane,” the HKBU Student Union said last Tuesday. “However, one year on, the police are acting as if nothing happened and they want to set foot on our campuses to host recruitment talks. This is unacceptable.”

HKBU issued a strongly-worded statement opposing the police recruitment of students. Photo: HKBUSU via Facebook.

“As the student union body, how can we allow the police to saunter in and entice students to become part of the “stability-maintaining” machinery? We will not allow the police to come here… if they insist, we will do everything in our power to stop them and we will not back down.”

Police stand off with protesters at the Occupy anniversary commemoration. Photo: HKFP.

A spokesperson from HKBU told Ming Pao that they received word of the cancellation from the police on Thursday morning, but no explanation was given. It was unclear whether any talks given by the police will be held at the university in the near future.

《反對黑警到校招募 學生拒成國家機器》  近日,學生事務處事業策劃中心向同學發出電郵,指警隊的「警隊學長計劃」及大學生輔警計劃現正接受申請,同時警隊將於十一月四日前來本校舉行招募講座。本會就此作出強烈反對。  自佔領開始,警方的形象…

Posted by Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union 香港浸會大學學生會 on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The police recruitment team tours different universities to attract new blood every year. They were met with protests this January and March when setting up recruitment stalls at the City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.