A former editor of a student magazine attacked by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his policy address denied charges that the publication was advocating for Hong Kong independence.
Wong Chun-kit, former deputy chief editor of the Undergrad, the official magazine of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, said the book that Leung referred to in his speech is calling for an overhaul of the territory’s political system, not sovereignty or independence from China.
Besides, if Hong Kong people have not thought of breaking away from Beijing’s governance, it would be impossible for anyone to succeed in calling for independence, Wong told Ming Pao Daily in an interview.
In his third policy address on Wednesday, Leung said Undergrad was instigating self-reliance and self-determination for Hong Kong, citing a book entitled “Hong Kong Nationalism” that it published in 2013. At a press conference following his speech, Leung named Wong as the person behind the publication.
But Wong, who is now a junior student at the HKU Faculty of Business and Economics, said the Hong Kong leader should not have spent time criticizing the magazine during his policy address.
He declined to reveal his personal position on the issue of Hong Kong independence, the report said.
But thanks to Leung’s remarks, the book has suddenly become very popular that the student publication is considering coming out with a second edition to cope with the strong demand.
Only 2,500 copies of the book were printed with only a few copies left before Leung’s speech.
Wong said Leung’s remarks not only infringed on freedom of speech and academic freedom but woud also serve to intimidate Hong Kong people and stop them from expressing similar views.
He warned that any form of intimidation or oppression would only invite resistance from the people.
Meanwhile, the editorial board of the Undergrad issued a statement, expressing its extreme anger over Leung’s remarks against the publication and demanding a retraction from Leung.
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