Professor denies 'dogs' jibe at Hongkongers
A mainland academic who called Hongkongers 'running dogs for the British government' denied having said so yesterday, saying media outlets had 'maliciously twisted his speech'.
This came as YouTube deleted the footage for violating the website's 'policy prohibiting hate speech'.
The video, which has angered many Hong Kong internet users, was footage of the Peking University professor Kong Qingdong speaking in an internet talk show on Thursday.
He said Hongkongers who refused to identify themselves as Chinese were 'running dogs of the British government' and called them 'bastards' when commenting on a row between Hong Kong and mainland passengers on an MTR train.
He also criticised Hongkongers for discriminating against mainlanders. But in an interview with internet television V1 yesterday, Kong said his speech had been 'maliciously twisted' by mainland and Hong Kong media outlets.
'Did I say Hongkongers are dogs? I didn't,' he said. 'I request all media outlets which have twisted my speech to apologise.' The link shared by most users was not available on YouTube last night.
YouTube said on its guideline page that although they encouraged free speech, they did not permit speech that attacked or demeaned a group based on their race, religion or sexual orientation.
A few other links on YouTube were still available, and the footage was still watchable on V1.
Chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen said Kong should take responsibility for his speech.
His rival Leung Chun-ying said Kong's speech did not represent all mainlanders' views.