Date
12 December 2017
A banner calling for genuine universal suffrage hangs from a building on the Hengqin campus of the University of Macau. Photo: Facebook
A banner calling for genuine universal suffrage hangs from a building on the Hengqin campus of the University of Macau. Photo: Facebook

Lion Rock-inspired banner hung at Macau university’s campus

The spirit of “I want genuine universal suffrage” remains alive after a banner bearing those words was removed from Lion Rock last month.

A similar banner, which said “Macau wants genuine universal suffrage, too” in both Chinese and Portuguese, was spotted at about 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday on top of the library building on the Hengqin Island campus of the University of Macau.

Although campus security guards removed it within an hour, many students saw the banner, which showed the umbrella logo of Hong Kong’s Occupy movement. Many took pictures of it, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday. 

Without knowing who had put it up, some students spoke highly of their courage, as the banner was hung in such a way that it faced the mainland.

Apple Daily said the banner was raised by two female students, one of whom is a first-year student from Hong Kong at the university.

Declining to reveal her name, she said she had briefly taken part in the ongoing street occupation in Hong Kong. She felt it was necessary to awaken Macau’s people to the issue of political reform and spur them to speak out about their hope for genuine universal suffrage.

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