Screenshot of the video on Weibo. A teacher is yelling at students, “The residence is school’s property. Who are you?”
According to the students, the college’s move was to make spaces for more international students. Over 400 Chinese students living in the current residence were asked to relocate to another residence for 320 international students that newly enrolled.
However, the current residence in the newest building in school has the best facilities and environment; while the replacement residence is an old one. “Students (in the replacement building) can only use public showers nearby, and these have restricted hours. We were forced into this for overseas students. This is so unfair,” said by a student to South China Morning Post.
Feeling upset about the eviction order, many students refused to leave, leading to several unsuccessful attempts from teachers to persuade them and then the final straw erupted between school authorities and student protesters.
After the video was released, tens of thousands netizens shared their sympathies with the students, especially after some students further exposed that the school was threatening them with denying their graduation or expulsions. The school also tried to identify and “talk” to the anonymous student who posted the video online.