Lau Ming-wai says HK overreacted to independence banners

Local | 15 Sep 2017 12:19 pm

The head of the government's Youth Commission, Lau Ming-wai, has accused the public and the media of overreacting to the recent unfurling of Hong Kong independence banners at local universities, while also making it clear he believed the action was both "immature and frivolous.''

The pro-independence banners put up last week were followed by insulting messages on notice boards, including one taunting Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi over the suicide of her son.

Lau said on an RTHK radio program today that while there's a need to respect freedom of speech, that right also comes with responsibilities. He said the controversy showed that young people have "a weak civic and moral awareness.''

Lau said he doesn't know if the pro-independence banners are illegal, but said even if they are not, they shouldn't be encouraged. 

The businessman said that the matter should be handled by the universities themselves and the government or others outside the institutions should not intervene.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam last week issued a strongly worded statement after the poster appeared taunting Choi.

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