Over 20 student localist concern groups are threatening to escalate action if the Hong Kong independence debate continues to be suppressed in schools. The groups did not specify the nature of the action, in a joint statement released on Tuesday.
At a press conference, representatives of the student coalition demanded the Education Bureau take back its statement related to the banning of the debate, and urged it to “set clear guidelines on how such discussions can be introduced appropriately.”
The statement also expresses “regret towards the various degree of suppression experienced” by students promoting Hong Kong independence in and around school. It urged schools to “stand on the same side as students, and to stop encroaching on students’ freedom to hand out flyers and accept interviews”.
“Further suppression will not silence us, but instead will lead to the rise of more localist concern groups among schools”, the paragraph concludes.
A student from T.W.G.Hs. Kap Yan Directors’ College, who was also a representative of the school’s localist concern group, was set to attend the press conference but was pressured into not doing so as teachers had repeatedly summoned him. They wanted “clarification as to what they were up to,” a student from Lee Shau Kee School Of Creativity who attended the media briefing told Ming Pao. She said that the student had been harassed by fellow students on Facebook.
The statement came after several cases of secondary school students being prevented from handing out material that promotes Hong Kong independence from China.