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Hong Kong police raid top university in security law probe

Hong Kong’s national security police on Friday raided buildings at the city’s top university after its student leaders paid tribute to a man who stabbed a policeman.

Anti-police sentiment has been running high in Hong Kong, a deeply polarised city since huge, often violent pro-democracy protests that took place in 2019.

Officials warned people against mourning the attacker, saying any memorials amounted to “advocating violence, inciting hatred and beautifying attacks”.

But the student union council at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) expressed “deep sadness” at the man’s death in a statement, which prompted officials to call for action against the body.

Dozens of police officers with suitcases and boxes arrived at the university on Friday afternoon and searched buildings housing the student union, campus TV station, and undergraduate office.

“The police is investigating a case related to advocating terrorism and searched our studio,” Kong Chak-ho, chairperson of the campus TV station told reporters.

A spokesperson for HKU confirmed that “police have entered the campus to investigate a case with a court order” and the university was “obliged to act in compliance”.

The student union council last Friday withdrew its motion expressing sympathy for the attacker and apologized but the backlash has been unrelenting.

HKU has severed ties with its own student union while the chairman of the university’s governing council said he would welcome any investigation by national security authorities.

It is not the first time police have entered a university campus in Hong Kong as part of an investigation under the city’s national security law.

Last November, officers arrested at least nine people on suspicion of threatening national security after an on-campus demonstration featuring slogans that authorities have declared illegal.

China imposed the sweeping security law on Hong Kong last year to wipe out dissent after the financial hub was rocked by huge and often violent democracy protests.

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