PTU News (extract #701) (2019.12.18)

Get Our Kids Home Safe Interview with Lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen

A serious clash between citizens and the police broke out at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in mid-November. Protesters occupied PolyU while the police laid siege to the campus. The incident continued for days and became a growing public concern. On November 18th, more than 50 principals entered the university together with lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen in an attempt to help students leave safely. In the 13 days that followed, more than a hundred principals, along with teachers and social workers, accompanied more than 300 secondary school students and about 50 volunteer medics as they left the campus. ‘The only motivation behind all our attempts was making sure all our kids made it home safe.’
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‘I could see, but I couldn’t help.’ Principal’s Persistence Moved Student Interview with Principal Ms Veronica Yau

Among the debris, chaos, and marks of fire at PolyU, Yau watched as other principals left the campus with students in their arms. Growing more anxious, she kept looking around – until she saw her student slowly making his way down the stairs. Her student said he could not leave his comrades behind. She did not have the heart to see her kid stay, but she decided to respect his decision.
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PolyUer Saves PolyU Interview with PolyU Assistant Professor Dr Rodney Chu

‘I have no idea where I got my courage from, having stayed on campus for so many days. On two of those days, I only ate two buns from 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.. I just picked up some random dry food from the canteen. I helped contact people every day. I was either searching for students along with some alumni social workers, joining priests and pastors in talking to protesters, or discussing cases with volunteer lawyers….’
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