An in-school social worker says she was pressured by Beijing to quit her job because of her association with the Occupy Central movement and for supporting last year’s democracy protests.
Hui Lai-ming was employed by Sha Tau Kok Central Primary School in 2012. She resigned this month.
On Wednesday, Hui let the media in on a WhatsApp conversation between her and school principal Fung Shui-lan.
The conversation clearly shows her resignation was due to pressure from the school.
Hui was a facilitator during the protests which began in late September. She was also a patrol volunteer and provided counseling to distressed protesters.
As a result of her participation in the movement, Hui said her views were often suppressed by the school.
Twice, people pretending to be parents, accused her of assault on their children.
Legislator Cheung Kwok-che, president of the Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union, is demanding the school apologize to Hui and reinstate her without condition.
However, both Fung and the school board are denying having put Hui under duress.
Also, Fung denies any pressure from Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong or contact with any of its officials.
Meanwhile, in an announcement Wednesday, the school said Hui had been frequently absent from work for health reasons.
Hui explained that political suppression had left her emotionally unstable. She said she has an appointment with a psychiatrist in June.
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