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CUHK, union lock horns over independence banners

2017-09-05 HKT 17:51
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  • The student union says this banner, which reads "Hong Kong independence", is in an area it manages and the university has no right to remove it. Photo: RTHK
    The student union says this banner, which reads "Hong Kong independence", is in an area it manages and the university has no right to remove it. Photo: RTHK
  • A Facebook post by the student union shows a new banner and a letter sent by the authorities demanding its removal.
    A Facebook post by the student union shows a new banner and a letter sent by the authorities demanding its removal.
The student union and the management of the Chinese University were at loggerheads on Tuesday after a new Hong Kong independence banner appeared on campus, with authorities insisting the banner is illegal, and students claiming they were exercising their right to freedom of speech.

New banners and posters reappeared, including in an area managed by the union, a day after others were hastily pulled down.

The student leaders said they had been ordered to remove the pro-independence banner still flying, after being told by the university it "violates Hong Kong law".

The Student Union posted a photo of a letter from the Office of Student Affairs which said leaflets and banners referring to Hong Kong independence are in breach of Hong Kong law, as well as the institution’s long-held position of “absolute opposition” to the SAR’s independence.

But posters in the area later sprung up, saying the removal of the banners was an attack on the freedom of speech.

The union also called on students to stand up for the right to defend free speech, warning the university plans to remove the banners by force.