China: Police squash rare campus protests after merger plan

Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“Chinese police said they suppressed campus protests on Tuesday (June 8), after thousands of angry students held a college principal hostage over fears their degrees were set to be downgraded. Large-scale protests are extremely rare in China, as the Communist Party controls mass movements that may undermine social stability and quickly extinguishes information that seeps onto the Internet. Undergraduates at Nanjing Normal University’s Zhongbei College, in eastern Jiangsu province, were enraged by a plan to merge the school with a vocational college, fearing it would devalue their qualifications as they prepare for China’s intensely competitive job market. … Social media users posted photos of police using batons and pepper spray on students, and one female undergrad bleeding from the head.” (06/08/21)