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Expletive-laden posters insulting Baptist University head Roland Chin put up at Hong Kong campuses

Vice-chancellor under fire after suspension of two students who protested over Mandarin test

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 January, 2018, 9:22am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 January, 2018, 9:39am

Notices with abusive language directed at Baptist University president Roland Chin Tai-hong appeared in at least two other tertiary institutions on Wednesday night, hours after two students were suspended over a controversial protest on campus last week.

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On the “Democracy Wall” at the University of Hong Kong in Pok Fu Lam, several posters printed in Chinese had been put up. 

One expressed support for the BU students, while another said: “Shame on the school for the suppression [of students],” referring to the university’s decision on Wednesday to suspend BU student union leader Lau Tsz-kei and another student, Andrew Chan Lok-hang, for their involvement in an eight-hour stand-off during a campus protest against a Mandarin language graduation requirement.

One notice contained expletives directed at Chin.

Fergus Leung Fong-wai, external affairs secretary of the HKU student union, which manages the wall, said the union did not know who had put up the poster containing foul language.

The union would not remove those messages, which could be displayed for seven days according to its rules, he said. 

Leung added that the union was prepared to support its BU counterparts if necessary.

“Suspending a student usually requires the handling of a committee, but there were no such thorough investigations in BU this time, and it is not appropriate,” Leung said. 

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Similar posters were also seen on the “Democracy Wall” at the Chinese University campus in Sha Tin.

One of them opened with cuss words insulting Chin, followed by: “Shame on the school for the suppression [of students]. It’s a sentence without a trial.”

Meanwhile, BU students refuted rumours that a class boycott was being planned in protest against the suspension of Lau and Chan. 

Business student Ho Ho-yin and student union president Lau said they were discussing their next move but denied that a boycott was under way as some reports had said on Wednesday night.