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Hong Kong University student magazine Undergrad talks of revolution, weeks after chief executive's criticism

Publication criticised by CY runs article urging city to revolt or face 'destruction'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 January, 2015, 1:27am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 January, 2015, 1:27am

A university student publication that was criticised by the chief executive for discussing Hong Kong independence remains defiant in its latest issue, which publishes an article that talks about "revolution" against the Communist Party.

In a pseudonymous article on Friday, a writer for the University of Hong Kong student publication Undergrad said that after the non-violent Occupy Central protest failed to bring about changes, Hongkongers, facing "destruction", should think about a revolution to defend the city's autonomy.

"The Chinese Communist Party wants to destroy the consciousness of Hongkongers. One country, two systems is dying," the writer, whose pen name read as "Leung Sun-yeung"- similar to the name of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying - said.

"Hongkongers have nowhere to turn - either they fight the war and start a revolution, or they succumb themselves and be enslaved to the regime."

The article did not elaborate on how a revolution should be organised.

Yuen Yuen-lung, editor-in-chief of Undergrad, said the article was submitted to the editorial board before Leung attacked the publication in his policy address two weeks ago.

"It was only an individual student's idea. It does not represent the editorial board's view," Yuen said.

He said the board had reviewed the article carefully and decided it was acceptable for print, and he was not worried about further comments from Leung.

The board clarified its stance in its editorial, however. It said that the magazine was only engaging in a debate on whether Hong Kong should be independent, rather than taking actions to make the city split from China.

"To equate 'discussing independence' to 'taking steps to push for independence' is a fallacy," the editorial said.

It also criticised the chief executive for stirring up an attack on students that resembled the Cultural Revolution.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun said the article that discussed revolution was like "science fiction". He said: "The Undergrad often publishes articles that imagine Hongkongers to be a tribe. It's illogical."

Democrat James To Kun-sun said he did not agree with what the article said but "we must defend the freedom of speech as long as no law is broken".