A group of students is accusing a study tour organizer of ill motive after video interviews emerged online showing them promoting the government’s election reform proposal.
The students said the Federation of Hong Kong Guangxi Community Organizations had promised that the interviews would not be posted, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
However, on Friday, the clips surfaced on Facebook under the headline “Occupy does not represent me”.
The seven students, aged 14 to 17, are shown in their school uniform, saying universal suffrage is a “once-in-a-lifetime chance that should not be voted down by legislators”, the report said.
The interviews, shot in April, were part of the assessment process for a three-week study tour to the United States scheduled for August.
The students were told these would be for internal use and would not be published.
Three of them have asked the tour organizer to delete the post, Lo Chi-chiu, the group’s secretary general, was quoted as saying.
Federation chairman Tang Ching-ho, defended the use of the footage, saying it was part of the purpose of collecting ideas on political reform.
He said the students are “perfectly justified” to support the proposal and accused netizens who have been criticizing them of cyber bullying.
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