Statement on the arbitrary arrest of the President of BUSU from Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions

 

This afternoon, the President of the Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union, Keith Fong, was arrested in Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po. After purchasing a laser pointer, Fong was stopped and searched by Police officers in plain clothes, he was then arrested for possession of offensive weapon. He was sent to Caritas Medical Centre. Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions strongly condemn the Police for fabricating a charge in order to arrest innocent persons arbitrarily, we demand for the immediate release of President Fong.

The Carrie Lam regime and its lackeys are obviously suppressing the students of Higher Institutions, spreading white terror and attempting to silence the opposing voices. However, in light of this, we shall continue to fight and never back down. The Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions call for all Hongkongers’ presence at the Sham Shui Po Police Station in support of President Fong. Together we shall protect students against this tyrannical regime.

Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univeristy Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union

6th August 2019

Response from Student’s Union of Higher Institutions to the Joint-Statement by Vice-chancellors and Presidents of 11 Universities

 

In a Joint-Statement issued by Vice-chancellors and Presidents of 11 Universities, they “make the strongest plea” to students to stay away from protests in Yuen Long, claiming that the protests can become “extremely volatile and dangerous”. Students’ Unions of Tertiary Institutions regrets this ignorant and insensate statement issued on 24 July.

For heads of Universities, to further spread terror in society instead of demanding action from the government with their influences is regrettably an act of ignorance.It is a cold-blooded act to urge students to stay away from Yuen Long, without considering the safety of those living in and near Yuen Long.

During the Umbrella Revolution in 2014, there were rumours of imminent shooting by the police force. Then Vice-chancellor of HKU, Prof. Peter Mathieson, and Vice-chancellor of CUHK, Prof. Joseph Sung, visited the students in Admiralty in person at once, with an intent to prevent the police force from shooting. Turning a blind eye to the brutality of Hong Kong Police Force and discouraging students from fighting for freedom of Hong Kong in such dreaded times.

Students and Citizens who will visit Yuen Long today are reminded to take care of their personal safety and security. We also hope that the heads of higher institutions can fulfill their commitment, provide support to students and HongKongers who are in need in this difficult time.

Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
The interim Executive Committee of The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

Home Ablaze in Barbarity – A Letter to All Hongkongers from the Hong Kong University Students’ Union

 

Hongkongers,

Hong Kong has fallen.

Last night, the police once again violently suppressed the protest. Rubber bullets and bean bag rounds were deployed against protestors with no early warning. At not so far Yuen Long, mafias and triads dressed in white attacked citizens, protestors and passersby indiscriminately, in an act of terror. The police willfully turned a blind eye on these acts, leaving citizens open to assault.

The regime is pathetically relying on the cooperation between police and triad to sustain its rule through terror. The regime connived at the ridiculous atrocities against its citizens and condoned its minions’ dreadful deeds in the past month, leaving us to suffer the unbearable. The evilest is whom even the beast despises!

The two tormenting conflicts in Shatin and Yuen Long reeled off the fact that no one can be spared from these conflicts, whether you are willing participant or not. The only way forward for Hongkongers is to take protection to ourselves. The collapse of the established institution shows us no prospect for reform. We must build our own city out of the ashes where the establishment has failed us to bring hope through the shadows of Hong Kong.

We are outraged, we are grieving, but we shall not yield. Let us be the fighters for our freedom, rights and our city’s liberation.

Hongkongers’ determination in pursuit of democracy and liberty has only grown stronger after the torment of fire and sword. Justice will be served on the regime eventually, come what may.

Ignite to reclaim Hong Kong
Save ourselves from the tyranny

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
22nd July 2019

Joint Statement from Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions in Hong Kong

 

Fighting for Hong Kong from local to international fronts;
Supporting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019;
Building support from the Free World Countries.

Demands are made, efforts are paid, even sweat and blood have been shed. The Hong Kong regime nonetheless pays no attention to the popular demands of the general public and only stirs up further fury with its shameless rhetorics, reluctant and pompous attitude, and bloody suppression of dissidents. We hereby reiterate the five major demands of Hongkongers, namely the complete withdrawal of the Extradition Bill, the retraction of categorising protests as riots, the withdrawal of criminal charges against all protesters, a thorough investigation of police brutality, and the immediate implementation of genuine universal suffrage for both elections of the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive. The government’s continuous apathy towards these demands shall do nothing good and digs its own grave for its end.

After our month-long protests of various magnitudes, the HKSAR government has hardly taken any step forward and closer to the general public and only continues its indifference towards the demands of Hongkongers. Such growing tension between the government and the public is not only founded recently. From the disqualifications of pan-democrats and localists from standing for elections and taking their role as elected Legislative Council members, the prohibition of the Hong Kong National Party, the unreasonable refusal to renew Victor Mallet’s work visa, to most recently, the arbitrary and forceful attempt to pass the Extradition Bill; the regime coerces Hongkongers to succumb to authority and act as mere puppets of the Chinese regime. Hongkongers’ growing concern is further alarmed by the latest rumours surrounding the implementation of the social credit system under the ‘Guangdong Province 3-year Action Plan on Pushing Forward Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (2018-2020)’. Should this system be implemented, our autonomy will only be further conceited, pushing us to a point of no return – a mere city of communist China.

Fighting for Hong Kong from local to international fronts

Hong Kong is falling into the grip of the Chinese communist regime, we, Hongkongers, shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the streets, we shall fight in all districts of Hong Kong, we shall bring the fight from local arenas to international fronts, whatever the costs may be. We shall never surrender.

Because we believe it is not only the fight of Hongkongers for our autonomy, it is also the fight of the Free World against global tyranny; Hong Kong is not only our homeland, but also the outpost of the Free World where free citizens fight against a global tyranny at the forefront.

Therefore, we, Students’ Unions of tertiary institutions, hereby bring the fight of Hong Kong to the international front through citizen diplomacy. We will engage foreign university students, civil society activists, politicians, diplomats and overseas Hongkongers to establish international support for Hong Kong.

Supporting the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

The first and foremost task is to mobilise support for the swift passage of the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019” in the United States Congress, which would ensure that an effective check and protection are in place amid the growing Communist erosion of our autonomy. Should the Bill be passed, individual-targeted sanctions can be imposed on treacherous personnel infringing upon Hong Kong’s autonomy. Sanctions including freezing one’s assets and denying one’s entry to the United States act as an effective bulwark against their daily endeavour in further betraying Hong Kong and yielding to the regime.

While one may see the existing “United States–Hong Kong Policy Act 1992” as serving a similar purpose, it is important to note that the Act only grants territory-wide sanctions targeting not only the specific individuals but everyone within the Hong Kong territory, sanctioning both innocent Hong Kong citizens as well as Americans in Hong Kong. This further proves the necessity of passing the Bill to target individuals betraying Hong Kong, and to protect the innocent, be they Hongkongers or Americans.

We, Students’ Unions of tertiary institutions, therefore respectfully urge all Representatives and Senators of the United States Congress to act quickly to pass the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019”.

Building support from the Free World countries

To strengthen international support for Hong Kong’s autonomy, we will not only seek the support from the United States, but also build support from all other Free World Countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and the European Union.

In the months to come, we will engage with the Free World by all possible means with a view to build their support for Hong Kong’s autonomy.

We shall carry on the fight, until one day, we, Hongkongers, live in autonomy.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University

大專學界就林鄭今早記招之回應

 

林鄭月娥今早召開記者會,指引渡條例修訂工作將於是屆立法會會期「壽終正寢」,同時又聲稱願意與大專學界進行公開對話,但會面不能有前設,且聲稱不追究反送中運動的抗爭者將違反香港法治精神。

事實上,大專學界已多次明確指出考慮見面的前設,一:永不追究六月九日及往後之反送中運動抗爭者,二:公開會面必須公平公開邀請廣大市民、各界別代表及傳媒出席。大專學界在此重申,若然林鄭政府未達成以上兩項條件,則絕無會面可能。林鄭政府一邊廂縱容警隊爪牙大規模搜捕及於七月七號對抗爭者濫施暴力,另一邊廂卻假仁假義地聲稱願意聆聽民意,其所作所為虛偽非常,令人心寒。我等提出之條件只為令雙方地位平等,否則,一切只會淪為公關表演。林鄭政府要求我等放棄兩大前設,實在痴心妄想,更顯其毫無誠意聆聽大眾訴求。

既然特首無視學界早前提出的兩個會面前設,大禍臨頭仍死不悔改,毫無改變之心,我等亦不會再多費唇舌。大專學界在此重申,是次整個「反送中」運動並無「大台」,無人有權代表廣大市民,學界亦如是。民間的五大訴求清晰非常,若林鄭有意聆聽民意,其實無須假惺惺裝作親民,只需要確確實實回應民間訴求即可。我等在此敦促林鄭與公眾各界公開對話,以及實現五大訴求,當中包括「撤回逃犯條例」、「撤回暴動定義」、「撤回所有抗爭者控罪」、「追究警隊濫權」、「立即實行雙普選」。

政權一直以來大玩語言偽術,先一錘定音,定性六月十二日示威為暴動,後見二百萬人上街,義士以死相諌,方改稱並非暴動,又指其從未定性,所作所為極度不負責任。我等要求政府不追究抗爭者,只為保護其免受政府違反人權之政治迫害,從而建立公平對話的關係。此外,引渡條例修訂工作於是屆立法會會期「壽終正寢」之說法,漏洞有二。第一,此番說話只聲稱是屆立法會會期「壽終正寢」,意味政府隨時能於下屆立法會會期重啓修訂工作。第二,香港立法會議事規則中只有撤回或押後之說法,從無暫緩及「壽終正寢」等字眼。因此我等強烈譴責林鄭逃避訴求,從不正面回應,出席記者會猶如錄音機複讀內容,視承諾如無物,完全未能保障廣大市民利益。若林鄭有意與市民對話,則須一改其「好打得」、「要面子」的態度,虛心聆聽並作出回應,而非閉門造車,以公關技巧玩弄人民。

林鄭過往多次利用「談判」、「會面」瓦解反對聲音,箇中恥辱我等未敢忘記。請林鄭放下無謂幻想,無需再企圖將學生放於市民對立面,繼續分化群眾,因為我等將永遠站於群眾一方。

未達兩大會面前提,我等絕不對話。
民間五大訴求,我等誓死捍衛。

香港城市大學學生會
香港理工大學學生會
香港恒生大學學生會
香港中文大學學生會
香港演藝學院學生會
香港大學學生會
香港浸會大學學生會
香港教育大學學生會
香港科技大學學生會

Open letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam from Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions

 

Dear Ms. Lam,

Previously, you have contacted representatives of the Student’s Unions of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology through executive offers of the respective university, expressing your willingness to meet with student representatives on a closed-door basis. The Office of the Chief Executive later issued statements on 4th and 5th July respectively, stating that the meetings will be held in a “small scale and closed-door manner”, and that details of the meeting will not be released to the public, requesting the two student’s unions to ‘reconsider’. We are deeply disappointed with your response. We hereby emphasise that we will not accept any closed-door arrangements, and we will not make further considerations or reconsiderations.

Ms. Lam must realise that there are no leaders in the No Extradition to China Movement, Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions have no right to represent protestors to conduct any form of bargaining or negotiations. Therefore, any form of meeting must include representatives from various sectors in society, as well as other participants in the movement. The meeting has to be open and transparent to the public, otherwise any legitimacy or meaning possibly derived from the conversation is voided. As the head of the government, the responsibility to be held accountable for the Amendment Bill controversy is inalienable from the position of Chief Executive. Yet, you have chosen to hide cowardly behind the walls of your residence, refusing to face the people, your people. A closed-door arrangement would only render the meeting a performance of your outstanding public relations skills. We have no intention to be the audience to that. Besides, your selective invitations are merely pathetic attempts to diversify the student’s unions, we refuse to accept such insincerity.

Furthermore, you promised to change your governance style earlier at the 1 July HKSAR anniversary celebrations and indicated that you would “respect and care for youngsters”. While these words are still ringing in our ears, you have acted against your very own promise. Not only did you turn a blind eye to demands from youngsters, forcing them onto irreversible paths, but also hunt down protestors in an unprecedented scale, even a 14-year-old minor could not escape the ‘great round-up’. Shamelessly going back on your words and retaliate against protestors is infuriating, we strongly condemn such acts. The reason behind how the movement developed stem from the Government’s ignorance and blatant disrespect of the people’s voices. You are responsible. Thus, our stance is crystal clear, before any form of meeting with Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions, the following conditions must be satisfied:

1. A permanent halt in the investigation on any protestors from 9 June to 1 July; and,
2. The meeting must be conducted in a transparent and public manner, representatives from various sectors must be present, the press and the general public should also be in attendance.

No consideration or reconsideration in regard to a meeting should be expected from us unless the above are satisfied. These two are prerequisites for a meeting, there will be no compromising when it comes to the 5 demands from the public for the extradition bill.

Up till now, 4 Hongkongers passed away because of your incompetence. They felt hopeless and found no other way but to take their own lives in order to reiterate their demands. They have done so because of your incompetence. With four lives in the back of your mind, we wonder if your conscience finds itself at ease. If you would prefer not to have more lives sacrificed, you could face your people with utmost humility, respond to their demands. It would be deluded for you to think that we will repeat our mistake 5 years ago.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
Student Union of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Federation of Students

Stand nowhere but with and by the students – The Hong Kong University Students’ Union’s Statement on Xiang Zhang’s response to the 1st July Clashes

 

In an earlier statement, HKU President and Vice-Chancellor Xiang Zhang condemned the “destructive acts” during the 1 July Clashes near the Legislative Council. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union expresses its utmost indignation by the hasty profiling and disgust against his yesmanship in times of turbulence.

The ancient Confucian wisdom that founded the University’s motto Sapientia et Virtus requires one to be not only a man of knowledge but also a man of the people. Hongkongers joined in the peaceful and rational fight against the tyranny, but only to see how the regime turns a blind eye to the cry of the people and even opens fire on unarmed students over the past months. Even if Xiang Zhang does not identify with the way how students have engaged themselves in this protest, as the President of the University, he ought to shoulder his responsibilities as an educator and respect and understand that students should be free to express themselves. How he has condoned the obstinate and unscrupulous regime behind this turbulence and joined the bully against the powerless is an utter dismay.

Protestors at the Legislative Council Clashes opened with their bare hands the gateway to light and hope. What were described as ‘destructive acts’ were but protestors forcing their ways, which resulted in no casualties, into the Legislative Council to urge the regime to respond to the demands of Hongkongers. It is, however, the regime that pressed the Extradition Bill ahead, destroying the assurance given by the law that Hong Kong people have enjoyed. It was this systemic violence against the people and the total disregard for the voices of the three martyrs and millions of protesters that have caused the protest to escalate. If the President finds himself so intolerant of any violence, why has he never condemned the abusive and violent police force and those who assaulted the students? Why is he instead siding with the regime?

During the May Fourth Movement, then president of the Peking University Cai Yuanpei took immediate actions to protect his students after their arrests. He was a true model to follow. The Union demands Xiang Zhang withdraw his statement and be responsible for his indefensible words. For he who leads the University shall always act on the interests of students and assist them by all means.

4th July 2019
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

Statement from Student’s Union of Higher Institutions on the elevated movement on 21 June

 

For the past 12 days, Hongkongers took to the streets on numerous occasions, demanding for the withdrawal of the extradition bill. Yet, the HKSAR Government remained ignorant and refused to comply with any of Hongkonger’s demands. The Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions and various organisations offered an ultimatum to the Carrie Lam’s Government, requesting for a direct and meaningful response to the 4 demands. As expected, the HKSAR Government once again turned a blind eye against the cries of the people, and even chose to hide behind the locked doors of the Government Headquarters just to avoid responding to our demands.
The HKSAR Government’s shamelessness forced Hongkongers to initiate another non-cooperation movement on 21st of June, including surrounding the Police Headquarters and the Revenue Tower. However, the regime only sent out a police negotiation expert for less than a minute, whereas the officials that should take up the responsibility of facing the people continued to hide behind the wall. The Government officials allowed blatant abuse of police power, we felt furious and extremely disappointed at such spineless behaviours.
We also strongly condemn the Hong Kong Police Force for slandering protestors, that the protestors have blocked the paramedics from entering the Police Headquarters to do their duty. In fact, the entrance to the Police Headquarters had remained clear and accessible, protestors have made way for the paramedics. It was the Police themselves who refused to open the gates for the medical attendants, causing this delay of rescuing. Misrepresenting the facts and shifting the blame onto protestors is a despicable and low-minded move from the Police, this only makes people despise and adds on to the series of shameful behaviours the Police had showcased in the public over the past week.
Therefore, the Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions reiterate the following demands:
(1) Withdraw the Fugitive Offenders (Amendment) Bill completely and permanently;
(2) Retract the statement which defines the protest on 12 June as riot;
(3) Drop all charges against protesters;
(4) and Establish an independent Investigation Committee, investigate and prosecute police brutality.
We firmly believe that before the above demands are answered, Hongkongers will not put a halt to the fight against this tyrannical regime. The non-cooperation movement shall continue in the near future. The broken eggs threw on the wall of the Police Headquarters did not only show the anger of the people, but also our determination to fight against the high wall. For martyr who sacrificed his life, for our beloved homeland, we must do whatever it takes.

22 June 2019

The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Provisional Executive Committee of City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Provisional Executive Committee of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
Joint Student Union of Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
The Provisional Executive Council of The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

Statement from Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions on the regime’s indifferent response to people

 

Carrie Lam, in the press conference in regard to the Fugitive Offenders (Amendment) Bill dated 18 June, not only refused to withdraw the Bill, but also failed to address the demands of Hongkongers. Her pathetic attempt in convincing Hongkongers to give up our demands with a “sincere apology” only showed her shamelessness and arrogance. The so-called “apology” was meaningless and was only made to put off Hongkongers. The Student’s Unions of Higher Institutions strongly condemn Lam’s response.

The regime paid no attention to public opinion over the past month while attempting to ram the Bill through. Tear gas, bean bag rounds and rubber bullets were deployed indiscriminately to brutally oppress peaceful protesters. Furthermore, the Police pointed their rifles and shotguns at citizens, the press and students; some were aimed at bodily parts proven to be potentially lethal, such as eyes and the chest. As civil servants, the regime’s continuously malicious acts were infuriating. A martyr sacrificed his life in a solo blood protest, while the regime continued to turn a blind eye to our demands. The responses given by the regime on various occasion reflected the lack of accountability amongst government officials, and their blame-shifting speeches could not be more embarrassing.

We also strongly condemn the misleading statements made by Police Commissioner Stephen Lo in regard to a “5-men riot”, which was a despicable attempt to polarise protestors. Riot, as defined by the Public Order Ordinance, is not a solo offence. Anyone taking part in an unlawful assembly committing a breach of the peace is a rioter and the persons therein assembled are riotously assembled. Any persons at the scene, therefore, could be charged with riot. We hereby reiterate our stance: no protester shall be charged with riot, the regime must immediately release all political prisoners and promise to bring no charge against the protesters in the future.

Hongkongers do not need crocodile tears from a murderous regime, nor will we accept a mere “suspension” of the bill. We demand the HKSAR government to respond to the following requests before 17:00 on 20 June 2019:

(1) Withdraw the Fugitive Offenders (Amendment) Bill completely and permanently;
(2) Retract the statement which defines the protest on 12 June as riot;
(3) Drop all charges against protesters; and
(4) Establish an independent Investigation Committee, investigate and prosecute police brutality;

In absence of response, the Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions will not hesitate to elevate the movement, including non-cooperation movements such as surrounding the government headquarters on 21 June, in order to increase the cost of governance, until our demands are satisfied.

Our home is at its dying moments, and we are prepared to die protecting it. We will not yield to this barbaric regime.

The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Provisional Executive Committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
Provisional Executive Committee of City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Provisional Executive Council of The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Joint Student Union of Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

20 June 2019

A Letter to All Citizens of Hong Kong from The Hong Kong University Students’ Union – What They Were We Will All Become

Dear all Hong Kong citizens,

The Hong Kong government has been ignoring the citizens’ opposition and persisting in ramming the Extradition Bill through. Yesterday, citizens have taken to the streets, confronting the regime. At midnight, protesters announced their resolve to stay on site to stop the Bill from passing at all costs.

Since the Umbrella Revolution, the Chinese and Hong Kong Communist regimes have ensued rampant suppression towards Hong Kong through NPCSC Interpretations, disqualification of LegCo members and a series of political persecution. Every act of the regime has been jeopardizing our core values. Now, the Hong Kong regime led by Carrie Lam even proposes the Extradition Bill, which would undermine the fundamental human rights of every Hong Kong citizen and foreigners.

Although protesters may have different means of struggle, we have the same goal. Protesters fought and resisted, in order to urge the Hong Kong government to accept citizens’ opinions and retrieve the Bill, protecting the freedoms of Hong Kong citizens from being threatened. We sincerely urge citizens of Hong Kong, political parties and other civil societies to respect each other in our common efforts. The end will be the same for all once the Bill passes.

We will stand by the protesters.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
11 June 2019