A high school in southwest China’s Sichuan province removed the name of a student from its website after he vilified his compatriots in the Chinese mainland as “maggots” during an on online argument over Hong Kong independence posters on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
The student, Tang Lipei, who graduated from Luzhou Tianli International School in 2012 with the best academic record, was once hailed by the school on its website, Apple Daily reports.
But the school removed his name after he stirred controversy recently while defending freedom of speech in Hong Kong.
Tang published an article on Sina Weibo on Sept. 7 criticizing a female student, also from the mainland, who tore down the posters, saying she had “misunderstood the meaning of democracy”.
Responding to a mainland netizen’s comments online, he said he would not want to discuss the issue with a “Chinese maggot” who will not understand.
Tang was quickly and widely criticized on the internet by mainland netizens and was branded as a “traitor”. Some of the attacks came from official newspapers.
The papers praised the female student for her “courageous behavior” and excoriated Tang, saying CUHK has not taught him the right manners toward his own country.
Tang, 24, was admitted to CUHK with flying colours in 2012. He is now a teaching assistant and taking a master’s degree in journalism.
On Saturday, Tang apologized on his Sina Weibo account, saying the words came out because of a sudden impulse and that he never said he supported the separatists.
Tang also apologized for polarizing opinions and further tearing the public apart.
He said he has contacted a lawyer over a possible lawsuit against those who called him a separatist or a treasonous person.
The apology failed to stop netizens from attacking him. State media continued to criticize his actions and urged people to avoid his example.
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