University of Hong Kong council member Arthur Li Kwok-cheung has claimed he was assaulted when a group of students stormed a meeting of the HKU governing body last week. Li told TVB's Straight Talk programme last night: "I was punched when I was trying to get out. There was a lot of shoving and pushing, but they stopped us leaving. So, in the end, I had to sit down [and] do what they say." Asked why he did not make a big deal of the attack then, he said he did "not want to be seen to be whining", but insisted that somebody behind him punched his kidney area during the melee. "I was hit in the kidney, in the back, but that night I went home and checked my urine. Luckily I didn't have any blood," he added. Dozens of students forced their way in after hearing the council had voted down a motion to revisit the deferred appointment of liberal legal scholar Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun as a pro-vice-chancellor. There was a lot of shoving and pushing, but they stopped us leaving HKU council member Arthur Li Chan's supporters believed the delay was linked to his pro-democracy views and close ties with colleague Benny Tai Yiu-ting, who co-founded last year's Occupy movement. Li, an executive councillor and former education minister, also refused to retract his description of students' actions as "Hong Kong's Cultural Revolution". "When the Red Guards started, they didn't go to the sort of extremes they went to subsequently, but that's how they started. They [students] made the professors come out, sit down, kneel down, admit that they've done wrong. It's a revision of the whole thing," he said. Li stressed that no one from the central government or Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had asked him to block Chan's appointment to the key post. Over 1,100 HKU alumnus also signed an online petition condemning students who stormed the meeting and interfered with the appointment. Separately, the vice-chancellor of the university Peter Mathieson said in letter to school members yesterday that the council had approved his earlier proposal to appoint Professor Paul Tam as the interim provost until the position was filled. Tam is currently the pro-vice-chancellor for research.