Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said on Wednesday that schools should call the police if they see any pro-Hong Kong independence advocates causing a nuisance to their students, adding that the education sector must "guard against pro-independence activists from infiltrating into our schools".
Yeung was responding to a question in Legco raised by the DAB's Horace Cheung. The pro-establishment lawmaker said he was concerned to see two groups recently handing out leaflets at schools promoting the idea of Hong Kong breaking away from the mainland.
Cheung noted that some of the leaflets distributed read "only independence can protect Hong Kong and its people".
In response, the education minister said such calls are a clear violation of the Basic Law and it is necessary to stamp them out.
"Everybody with a passion for Hong Kong has... the obligation to say "no" to any attempt to threaten our country's sovereignty, security and development interests, as well as the duty to nurture our next generation into citizens with a sense of national identity, an affection for Hong Kong and a sense of social responsibility," Yeung said.
"Obviously, actions promoting "Hong Kong independence" undermine the "one country, two systems", contravene the Basic Law, and damage the relation between the Central People's Government and the HKSAR. These are against the development of Hong Kong and must be stopped."
He said schools should seek help from the authorities if they find students being harassed.
"If there is any group distributing pro-independence leaflets or related materials to students in the vicinity of a school, the school should arrange sufficient manpower nearby to keep a close watch on the situation," Yeung said.
"If the distribution takes place within a public housing estate or a private residential estate, the school should also notify the property management company of the incident. If the school has noticed that students have been disturbed, it may consider seeking assistance from relevant authorities."
Call police over independence groups, schools told
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Education Secretary Kevin Yeung says schools should also report any pro-independence activity in housing estates to the relevant management officials. File photo: RTHK
The Hong Kong National Front posted a photo on its social media account of a leaflet it was handing out last month out calling for the city's independence.
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