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Pro-independence group to protest at school for ‘pressuring’ student who displayed slogan behind Chief Exec.

A pro-independence group has said it will protest outside a school where a student publicly advocated independence, since the school had failed to apologise for allegedly pressuring him.

Student Localism said it will promote pro-independence ideas outside Kwai Chung Methodist College on Friday, and will continue to demand that the school offer an apology and retract inappropriate comments.

The incident began when a form five student at the school displayed a pro-independence slogan on his phone when appearing in a photo with Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The incident occurred at a Ming Pao student reporter award ceremony last Thursday.

Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

The student told local media at the time that his act was intentional. A teacher who was responsible for bringing students to the event said that the student was asked to respect the ceremony, but he persisted so the incident was reported back to the school.

Last Tuesday, Student Localism and another group – Hong Kong National Front – distributed pro-independence leaflets outside around 20 schools across Hong Kong. Student Localism said that the student was part of a programme to advocate independence in schools and he had distributed pro-independence flyers on the school grounds.

Ming Pao student reporter award ceremony

Ming Pao student reporter award ceremony. Photo: GovHK.

According to the group, the student was summoned to meet with school officials for three hours last Friday. They said he was severely told off and warned that he should not advocate for anything without approval on school grounds, when wearing the school uniform or when attending school events.

Parent ‘summoned’ 

Student Localism condemned the school, saying that students have a right to express personal political views under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hong Kong Basic Law.

“To quote Mao Zedong: ‘All those who crackdown on student movements will come to a bad end’,” the group said.

However, the school had not met the group’s demands as of Wednesday. Tony Chung, a core member of the group, said that a parent of the student was asked to meet teachers on Tuesday over the slogan incident.

Tony Chung Hon-lam

Tony Chung Hon-lam at a street stand at the annual July 1 march in 2017. Photo: HKFP.

Chung said the teachers at the meeting included a disciplinary teacher, a vice-principal, a class head teacher and another teacher.

“The school warned that the student will receive a demerit if he does it again,” Chung said.

Pro-independence group to protest at school for 'pressuring' student who displayed slogan behind Chief Exec.