Hong Kong independence banner saga continues at local universities

South China Morning Post, with additional reporting by Sebastien Raybaud

Some students may have lost internships after posters were put up congratulating an official on her son’s death

South China Morning Post, with additional reporting by Sebastien Raybaud |

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More universities, like Education University, have seen pro-independence banners go up.

A number of Education University students may have lost their internships after a banner was put up on campus “congratulating” Christine Choi Yuk-lin, the Undersecretary for Education, on the death of her son. Students must complete internships before they can graduate.

The posters concerning Choi’s son followed the appearance of banners advocating Hong Kong’s independence on Chinese University’s “democracy wall”. Campus authorities removed them, but they were replaced with other banners. Anti-independence posters were also put up. Pro-independence banners have also started appearing at the University of Hong Kong, City University, Polytechnic University, EdU and Shue Yan University.

Cheung Yan-leung, the president of Education University, said that he was “very indignant and saddened” by the posters that have been put up on campus about the death of Choi’s son.

“While we are free to speak, we should also discuss things in a peaceful and rational manner, respecting each other and taking into account the feelings of others,” Cheung said.

EdU student union president Lala Lai Hiu-ching reiterated yesterday that it was not the union’s role to comment on the ethics of what was posted on the democracy wall, which the union manages, and that it took down the messages only because they amounted to “personal attacks”, which was not allowed.

A spokesperson for EdU told Young Post they have no further comments about the students who may have lost their internships.

Edited by Ginny Wong