Banners and posters calling for Hong Kong independence were seen around the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) at the start of the academic year on Monday, Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
No one has claimed responsibility for the signs of protest, and the CUHK students’ union said it did not put up the banners and posters.
Justin Au, chairman of the students’ union, said he believed they were done by CUHK students.
There is also a banner covering the Goddess of Democracy statue with the names of more than 100 pro-democracy activists said to be victims of political persecution.
In particular, Au said, the banner was meant to protest the political persecution of the former student leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, who were sentenced to six to eight months in prison for storming the government headquarters in Admiralty that paved the way for the start of the 79-day Occupy Movement in 2014.
Pictures of the banners bearing the words “Hong Kong independence” in Chinese and English around the campus were uploaded on a Facebook page called “CUHK Secrets” on Monday morning, the HKEJ said.
Photos of posters with Chinese slogans calling for independence were also posted on the page.
When asked about the banners and posters, CUHK vice chancellor Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu said there is freedom of expression in the university.
Sung, who will step down as university head on Jan. 1, 2018, said he expected students to express views rationally and peacefully, and not to act against the law.
In a speech welcoming the students to the new academic year, Au said he was glad that CUHK students were doing something to fight for justice.
He also lamented the political persecution of youth activists, and called on the students to pursue the fight for democracy.
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