'Don must apologise for calling Hongkongers dogs'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 February, 2012, 12:00am


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Peking University students in Hong Kong have issued an open letter calling on their professor, Kong Qingdong, to apologise for labelling Hongkongers 'dogs'.

The rant by the Beijing university's nationalist professor was prompted by a viral video of a row on an MTR train between locals and a mainland family eating on board.

The 22 students who co-signed the statement said Kong's remarks on a webcast interview last month were irresponsible. They said it heightened already worrying tensions between Hong Kong residents and mainland visitors.

The students said prejudices were the result of cultural differences. They criticised Hong Kong people for not being more understanding.

They said neither Beijing nor Hong Kong had done enough to ease the tension and stop residents on both sides of the border from criticising one another.

Kong has since denied making the remarks to internet TV channel V1. He said his words were 'maliciously twisted' by the media.