Students of the City University of Hong Kong will pursue the pro-democracy struggle even if they leave the Hong Kong Federation of Students, a CityU student leader said.
Tang Sheung-fung, convenor of a students group at CityU, denied allegations that his group is turning pro-establishment for calling for an end to the university student body’s affiliation with the HKFS, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.
CityU is holding a referendum among its students on whether they should end their membership with the federation, which took a leading role in last year’s Occupy protests.
The poll results will be announced on Wednesday.
Tang, 21, stressed that the debate over CityU’s affiliation with HKFS and the subsequent referendum were held in consideration of the best interest of the students.
Over the past two months, three of eight HKFS member schools — University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University — voted to leave the federation.
Towards the end of the Occupy protests, more and more students started thinking that the views of the HKFS leadership did not represent theirs, Tang said.
He also said the HKFS leaders did not put emphasis on communication with affiliates, making them feel that they were operating under old forces in social movements in the name of a student body.
A healthy, democratic society should not fear challenges, Tang said.
Tang joined the student movement in 2010, first during protests against high-speed rail constructions and later against the government’s national education plan. He also joined activities in support of the workers’ strike at the container terminals in 2013.
During last year’s Occupy protests, Tang was actively involved in class boycotts at CityU and manned protest sites in Admiralty and Mong Kok.
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