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CUHK student union takes down independence banner

2017-09-21 HKT 11:54
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  • A social media photo shows the area after the controversial banner was removed.
    A social media photo shows the area after the controversial banner was removed.
Damon Pang reports
Chinese University's student union on Thursday took down a controversial pro-independence banner on campus, after the institution's authorities said they would remove it if the students failed to do so.

The banner, which appeared anonymously as the university started the new academic year, was there for more than two weeks. The student union wrote on social media that it was initially taken down by the university a day after it was strung up, and then somebody else put it up again.

The union said it decided to take it down because nobody actually applied to use the space through proper procedures, and the banner would affect other students' use of the space in the long run.

The student body said the removal doesn't mean they bowed down to pressure from the university, and they vowed to keep fighting for free speech.

The union again criticised CUHK for suppressing what they called "dissident voices" in a unreasonable manner, accusing the university of political censorship.

Days ago, the union put up a banner opposing national security laws. It argued that this call should also be considered unconstitutional because it contradicts with the requirement for the SAR to bring in security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law.

The independence banner had drawn a lot of flak, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam and pro-Beijing figures saying it was "unconstitutional" and it had exceeded the limits of free speech.