Several local universities have implemented new security measures whereby students and staff members must present identification cards to enter the campuses.

Some universities became battlegrounds between protesters and the police last November. The Polytechnic University (PolyU) saw a siege lasting over ten days as over 1,000 people were arrested or had their details recorded by police.

PolyU began its new semester on Monday with entry gates installed at entrances. Students and staff members must now present their identification cards to enter.

Entry gates at PolyU. Photo: Stand News.

Owan Li, a student of the school’s governing council, said the arrangement was not ideal.

Li, also a newly elected district councillor, said there were queues during rush hour periods, and the arrangement was inconvenient: “This measure shows that the school only considered security, and did not consider more humane measures,” he said.

Owan Li. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

He said around 5,000 students and alumni have signed a petition against the entry gates, but he did not hear about any schedule for removing them.

“If the school bars all outside visitors for a long time, it will harm the school’s international image,” he said.


Posted by 香港城市大學學生會編輯委員會 Editorial Board, CityU SU on Sunday, 12 January 2020

Students and staff members at City University and Baptist University were also required to present identification cards to enter.

At City University, visitors have to present a QR code obtained beforehand and they can only enter when escorted by relevant staff members. Free biscuits, popcorn and coffee were handed to students to welcome them back for the new term.

Whilst most protest graffiti at City University had been removed, those at the Baptist University remained.

Kris Cheng

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.