Sat Oct 1, 2016 | 8:25am EDT
Around a dozen Hong Kong universities draped large banners calling for the city’s independence on China’s National Day, defying authorities with demands for the Chinese controlled territory to split with mainland China.
Large banners reading “Hong Kong independence” were strung up across the financial city on Saturday, local broadcaster RTHK reported.
The statement said it was not clear who put up the large red and white banners but before lunchtime, the banners at Baptist University and City University in Kowloon Tong had already been removed.
Schools in the special administrative region are becoming a new battleground in a nascent campaign for the city’s independence.
The free-wheeling business hub has been on edge over the past couple of years over a campaign by some residents to preserve and promote their city’s freedoms in the face of what they see as a bid by Beijing to curb them.
The former British territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” pact meant to safeguard its ways but the refusal of Beijing to give ground on a demand for full democracy has sapped many people’s faith in the formula.
Debate on independence was once unheard of in Hong Kong and for most residents it remains a youthful dream rather than a serious proposal that Beijing will ever consider.
But the fact that it is being debated illustrates what many in the city consider a sea change brought about by 79 days of student-led pro-democracy protests in 2014.
Since then, many city residents have decried what they see as increasing Beijing interference in various sectors to stifle dissent, including in schools.
(Reporting by Farah Master and Joyce Zhou; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)
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National Day protest: banners calling for Hong Kong’s independence appear at eight city universities
South China Morning Post
Banners were found hanging on the walls of buildings in many of the city’s universities on Saturday, including the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University
Banners saying “Hong Kong Independence” sprung up at eight universities across the city on China’s National Day.
The banners were found hanging on the walls of buildings in most universities on Saturday, including the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and theUniversity of Science and Technology.
Similar banners – denoting defiance of mainland sovereignty over the former British colony – were also found at Baptist University, City University, Lingnan University and the Education University of Hong Kong.
Some of the schools reportedly removed the political exhibits.
The Hong Kong National Party, a pro-independence group led by youngsters, admitted it provided the banners to students, but insisted the action was taken on the students’ own initiative.
In a Facebook message posted a few days ago, the party asked students not to celebrate National Day and called China a “colonial master” of Hong Kong.
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