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Public overreacted to uni banner row: Lau Ming-wai

2017-09-15 HKT 12:11
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  • Public overreacted to uni banner row: Lau Ming-wai
The head of the government's Youth Commission, Lau Ming-wai, has accused the public and the media of overreacting to the recent unfurling of Hong Kong independence banners at local universities, while also making it clear he believed the action was both "immature and frivolous".

The pro-independence banners put up last week were followed by insulting messages on notice boards, including one taunting Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi over the suicide of her son.

Lau said on an RTHK radio programme on Friday that while there's a need to respect freedom of speech, that right also comes with responsibilities. He said the controversy showed that young people in the SAR have "a weak civic and moral awareness".

Lau said he doesn't know if the pro-independence banners are illegal, but said even if they are not, they shouldn't be encouraged.

The businessman said that the matter should be handled by the universities themselves and the government or others outside the institutions should not intervene.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam last week issued a strongly worded statement after the poster appeared taunting Choi.