Chinese University students display 'independence' bannersLocal | 4 Sep 2017 1:28 pm
Large banners calling for Hong Kong independence were strung up at the Chinese University of Hong Kong ahead of the first day of lectures.
The chair of the university’s student union, Justin Au, said some activists had also wrapped a banner, covered with the names of activists jailed or facing prosecution, around the Goddess of Democracy statue at the campus, RTHK reports.
Au said he wanted the students to remember that some Hong Kong people are in prison or are being "suppressed by the government for their political views."
He said he hoped students would stand on the side of justice "no matter what the cost”.
All the banners were later removed.
The outgoing vice-chancellor of the university, Joseph Sung, said after his final inauguration ceremony at the university that he hoped students would take a deeper look into the problems effecting society.
"If they have an opinion to express it should be done in a legal and also in a peaceful manner,” Sung said.
Former student leaders Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang were jailed for between six and eight months in August after the government appealed against the non-custodial punishments they had been given over a protest at Civic Square in September 2014.
Thirteen other pro-democracy activists were also sent to prison last month over a separate protest in 2014, again after the government appealed against the more lenient punishments they originally received.-Photo: RTHK