A foreign university lecturer was assaulted by a man from mainland China because he was upset that classes at the University of Hong Kong are not taught in Mandarin.
The 26-year-old man, who police identified as Lau, attacked Cliff Buddle a lecturer of media law and ethics during a class earlier this week. Fifty-year-old Buddle is also a senior editor at the South China Morning Post.
“[Lau] stood up suddenly and began to yell in Mandarin that Hong Kong is part of China, so all the classes should be taught in Mandarin, not in English,” said Vangary Li, a student witness told the WSJ.
“He also yelled about being patriotic to China,” he said.
In the video above Lau says: “I just can’t bear the foreigners.”
According to the South China Morning Post, Lau was also overheard telling police he thought there was “no problem” hitting a foreign teacher.
Witnesses said that Mr. Buddle didn’t discuss the pro-democracy protests occurring in Hong Kong during the lecture.
“I am surprised and saddened. It is rare for something like this to happen in Hong Kong,” Buddle told the South China Morning Post.
According to WSJ, the university said Lau is not one of their students.
Lau was arrested by police. Buddle was treated for minor injuries at hospital and was later discharged.
Xenophobia is rife in mainland China where it is actively promoted and encouraged by the ruling Communist Party.