Occupy Central -- also known as the Occupy movement and the "umbrella movement" -- was a large-scale show of civil disobedience that began in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014. It called on protesters to block roads and paralyse the city's financial district if the Beijing and local governments did not agree to implement universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election and the 2020 Legislative Council elections according to "international standards". The movement was the brainchild of Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong.
A two-minute clip produced by the University of Hong Kong’s Campus TV falls short of the decency and respect expected of tertiary students. But the underlying sentiments and issues may prompt more tension and conflict if they are not properly addressed.
The sacking of academic Benny Tai, one of the founders of the 2014 Occupy civil disobedience movement, has come at a time when society is already divided, with some now questioning the institution’s independence.
His teaching of civil disobedience is perfectly justified but his firing is not about academic interference, rather it’s the fact that he has been criminally convicted.
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Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and retired sociologist Chan Kin-man also among the group of nine convicted of public nuisance charges for blocking roads during the 79-day protests in 2014.
Tai and his co-defendants, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming, are appealing against their convictions on public nuisance charges the 2014 protest movement.
Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming are challenging their conviction on conspiracy and incitement charges stemming from their roles in the civil disobedience movement.
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Former student believes Tai separated his roles of social activist and university professor very clearly, and HKU council’s decision to dismiss him raises grave concerns about its independence from government influence.
‘Everyone has a bottom line when it comes to speaking the truth.’
As noted in a prior court judgment, academic freedom rests with institutions, not individuals. Moreover, the decision to fire Tai was made after a democratic vote.