Hong Kong localism and independence

Graffiti, stickers and leaflets: Hong Kong independence campaigners prompt queries from liberal arts school

Slogans and stickers posted in classrooms and on walls at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Kowloon City

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 10:49am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2016, 9:22pm

The quest by localists for independence has taken a new turn with students at a secondary school in Kowloon City openly advocating the touchy issue on campus. ­

Students at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity pasted stickers that read “I stand for Hong Kong’s Independence” in classrooms and on walls and lockers after school on Wednesday.

A slogan saying “Hong Kong Independence” in black paint was also sprayed on a staircase.

Sunnie Hung Sum-in, founder of the localist group at the arts and design school, told the Post on Thursday that the school had contacted them. She declined to reveal ­details of the conversation.

The school did not respond to Post ­inquiries.

Earlier on Thursday, members of the localist group continued to hand out independence-themed flyers at a school entrance.

Hung previously told the Post that the group did not need to consult the school authorities about its act of artistic expression. Graffiti relating to other themes was allowed on campus, she said.

“I’m not worried that the school authorities will scold us,” Hung said.

The group was just one to hand out separatist-themed fliers to students inside or near campuses when the school year began on September 1.

A member of the localist group at Munsang College in Kowloon City was asked to meet members of staff after handing out stickers at school featuring a passport ­design for a fictitious “Republic of Hong Kong”.

It later held a forum on ­campus on the topic organised by student leaders and guided by school authorities.

Several other localist groups from other schools were prevented from distributing independence-themed flyers outside school.

Hung said the group was lucky as the school was more liberal on the issue and leaflets promoting independence had been distributed inside the campus unchallenged since September 1.

She added the group was planning a public forum on the ­subject.

Newly re-elected education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said the school was known for being more tolerant to different views.

He called on schools and ­students to respect each other when different opinions on the subject were given.

Additional reporting by Peace Chiu