Former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying names teachers arrested for Hong Kong protests

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  • The Professional Teachers' Union slammed the move to list the public details of teachers on his Facebook page
  • Ip Kin-yuen, opposition lawmaker representing the education sector, said the move was 'unnecessary and full of hostility'
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The former Chief Executive caused controversy when he posted the details of teachers arrested during anti-government protests. Photo: SCMP/Dickson Lee

Former Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying has listed the names of 18 teachers charged over last year’s social unrest on his Facebook page. This comes two weeks after taking education authorities to court for failing to publicly identify those found guilty of professional misconduct.

The Professional Teachers’ Union (PTU) slammed Leung on Tuesday, saying his hostility towards the sector had driven a months-long campaign targeting those involved in the anti-government movement.

In his social media post, Leung, now a vice-chairman of China’s top political advisory body, criticised the Education Bureau, PTU and school-sponsoring bodies for depriving parents of their right to know about the teachers’ off-campus activities.

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He said that 803 Funds Limited, the group he founded last year to trace anti-government protesters allegedly involved in criminality, would publicise information about problematic teachers. 

Leung began that process by listing the personal information of 18 teachers and tutors – taken from local media reports – in his Facebook post.

The list included their ages, details of their charges – illegal assembly and assaulting police officers among them – and, for some, the names of their schools. The education institutions have not been revealed in  court, but were identified in news accounts by mostly  pro-Beijing news outlets.

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Last month, 803 Funds applied to the High Court to seek a judicial review to force education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung to make the teachers’ details public.

Ip Kin-yuen, vice-president of the 100,000-strong PTU and an opposition lawmaker representing the education sector, slammed Leung’s posting of the list as “unnecessary and full of hostility”.

But Wong Kam-leung, chairman of the pro-establishment Federation of Education Workers, said he believed the move did not represent a major privacy concern since the information was publicly available.

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