Benny Tai is abusing freedom of speech in Hong Kong, and HKU should rethink his tenure
Now people are gravely concerned, as Tai is still an academic, a tenured professor at the University of Hong Kong. Every day, he could be encouraging his students to learn the wrongful idea of Hong Kong independence. More importantly, what if our next generation is incited to practise independence advocacy on all fronts?
The riots and bloodshed we see happening elsewhere, unfortunately, would erupt here. We can’t simply comfort ourselves with the belief that Hong Kong is always peaceful and our people do not agree with radical protests.
When independence claims blossom in the city, things will change, the culture will change; independence calls and separatism will bring about hatred, hatred in turn will incite violence, and violence will lead to casualties, which could be interpreted as so-called “sacrifice” to fortify the independence movement.
Finally, this is a vicious circle, as we have witnessed in many other jurisdictions. Hong Kong will not be spared their fate.
For this reason, the public has taken the view that Tai is no longer suitable for tenure at HKU.
Holden Chow, Legislative Council member, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong