National Day protest: banners calling for Hong Kong’s independence appear at eight city universities

Banners were found hanging on the walls of buildings in many of the city’s universities on Saturday, including the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 2:40pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 October, 2016, 8:10pm

Banners saying “Hong Kong Independence” sprung up at eight universities across the city on China’s National Day.

The banners were found hanging on the walls of buildings in most universities on Saturday, including the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and theUniversity of Science and Technology.

Similar banners – denoting defiance of mainland sovereignty over the former British colony – were also found at Baptist University, City University, Lingnan University and the Education University of Hong Kong.

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Some of the schools reportedly removed the political exhibits.

The Hong Kong National Party, a pro-independence group led by youngsters, admitted it provided the banners to students, but insisted the action was taken on the students’ own initiative.

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In a Facebook message posted a few days ago, the party asked students not to celebrate National Day and called China a “colonial master” of Hong Kong.