Date
17 December 2017
Students from Pui Kiu Middle School are reluctant to talk about the June 4 crackdown. Photo: Apple Daily
Students from Pui Kiu Middle School are reluctant to talk about the June 4 crackdown. Photo: Apple Daily

Student views on June 4 run along secondary school divide

An ideological fault line running between various secondary schools appears to be reflected in student responses to questions about the June 4 crackdown in Beijing a quarter of a century ago, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

Under the close watch of teachers standing outside the school, students from pro-Beijing Pui Kiu Middle School in Tin Hau evaded the questions, saying that they had no comment about the bloodshed.

One student said it is “troublesome” to exonerate those involved in the protests, while another said “we shouldn’t care too much about it because it happened long ago.”

The school’s senior management includes Ng Hong-man, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress, and Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Just several MTR stops away, students from St. Paul’s College in Bonham Road were forthcoming about the events of 25 years ago and said that the protestors should be vindicated.

“A group of students was fighting for democracy, human rights and a clean society, but they were tragically killed by the central government and the incident was determined to be turmoil,” a student said.

The college’s alumni includes retired political heavyweight Chung Sze-yuen, and Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, who was jailed for taking part in anti-British activities during the 1967 riots.

Leung Yan-wing, associate professor of education policy and leadership at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, said June 4 is an important issue for Hong Kong and the country, and young people should not avoid the controversial subject, the report said.

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