Protesting students hold school principal hostage in China
By Our Correspondent, 09/06/2021, Beijing

Thousands of protesting students held a school principal hostage over fears their degrees would be devalued, Chinese police said on Tuesday.

The protests were over a plan to merge a Nanjing college in Jiangsu province with a vocational institute - which are seen as less prestigious.

Such protests are rare in China where mass movements are controlled.

A video on Twitter showed thousands of chanting undergraduates surrounded by officers outside, as police chased after them and dragged individuals out of the crowd.