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CUHK gives union ultimatum over independence row

2017-09-15 HKT 17:46
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Joseph Sung
The vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Joseph Sung, said on Friday that officials would soon tear down banners and posters advocating Hong Kong independence if the student union doesn't remove the materials from areas of the campus it manages.

However, Sung did not give a timeline as to when the institution will take action.

The banners and posters appeared on campus last week before spreading to other universities, drawing condemnation from Chief Executive Carrie Lam. She said the promotion of independence cannot be regarded as being an issue of free speech.

Sung reiterated that the university is against the idea of Hong Kong independence and said it will be forced to take action if the materials aren't removed.

"Freedom of speech should be premised on the principle that it would not violate the law and it would not intrude any other person's dignity or rights", he said.

"We do not want our campus turned into a place for different political groups to spread their propaganda."

Sung also apologised on behalf of the university, after a student used a derogatory term during an argument with a Mandarin-speaking student on campus. The university is currently investigating the matter.

The chairman of CUHK's council, Norman Leung, did not directly answer questions about whether the university is coming under political pressure over the banners issue. He only said the institution wants to make its stance clear.