“I have had many chances and opportunities to leave, but I choose to stay,” he told AFP in the final days of the siege, the corridors of a once bustling campus now deserted and covered in graffiti.
“We have done nothing wrong,” he added.
Clashes at the university known as PolyU broke out on November 17, with protesters wielding petrol bombs and bows and arrows in their battles with police.
It was one of the most violent confrontations in nearly six months of protests, and it settled into a tense standoff, with police surrounding the complex and arresting anyone who emerged.
Conditions inside the school once known for its relaxed, party-fond student body quickly deteriorated, with vending machines looted for food and a foul odour wafting from canteens and kitchens where cockroaches rooted through rotting leftovers.