The president of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s (CUHK) student union has applied for an interim injunction to ban police from entering the campus without a warrant, as well as the use of crowd control weapons on-site without the school’s approval.

Masked protesters battled with police into the night on Tuesday as the groups fought for control of No. 2 bridge in the Sha Tin-based campus. Police had accused protesters of throwing items onto the Tolo Highway, a key traffic route of New Territories East.

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File photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

During the confrontation, the university’s head Rocky Tuan was tear-gassed by the police.

The unrest followed a citywide strike the day before which brought parts of Hong Kong to a halt as MTR stations closed and multiple roadblocks were erected. Several masked groups remained in CUHK on Wednesday morning.

Jacky So, president of the university’s student union, on Wednesday applied to the High Court for an interim injunction.

According to a press release, the temporary order would prohibit the use of pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets on campus without the school’s approval.

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Jacky So (centre). File Photo:

So is represented by Senior Counsel Audrey Eu, pro-democracy lawmaker and barrister Alvin Yeung, as well as barrister Jeffrey Tam. The case is heard by judge Wilson Chan.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.