Hong Kong’s police chief Chris Tang expressed anger on Tuesday over an attack by a black-clad group on security guards at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which left one man in hospital.

“I’m angry that the students attacked security guards who were doing their job. Since when did our university students become rioters who ignore law and order?” he said, according to RTHK.

Scenes from the CUHK incident. Photo: CUHK Campus Radio.

He confirmed that one CUHK student has been arrested in relation to the incident at CUHK, his alma mater. Police are investigating whether other members of the group were also students.

Several black-clad individuals dismantled security fences outside the campus train station and attacked security guards on the first day of the new school semester on Monday. The group also reportedly threw white powder at the security staff and sprinkled it on the ground.

One security guard was taken to hospital.

The group shouted at passers-by, telling them not to show their student ID passes before entering the campus in protest at the university’s closed-campus policy, according to CUHK Campus Radio. Police and firefighters later arrived at the scene.

Chris Tang. File photo: RTHK screenshot.

After the CUHK siege of November 2019 which turned the campus into a battleground between student protesters and police, the university implemented security checks at entrances, only admitting those with a valid student or alumni ID.

Last month, students staged a pro-democracy protest during their graduation at the CUHK campus. Eight students were later arrested on suspicion of taking part in an unlawful assembly and secession under the security law for shouting and displaying banned slogans.

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