Response to Professor Zhang’s reply to the Open Letter Issued by Joint-Hall Students’ Associations

 

In the early morning of October 4, police entered HKU Jockey Club Student Village II (“JCSV2”) for investigation claiming that they had received a report regarding criminal damage around Lindsay Ride Sports Centre. During the investigation, a student was stopped and searched outside the area of JCSV2. There were neither University representatives nor HKU security guards at the time of the investigation, and students were not even notified of the reasons for police entering into JCSV2. The incident aroused considerable fear upon students on their personal safety. An open letter was subsequently sent to Professor Xiang Zhang by Joint-Hall Students’ Associations on October 7, urging the University to explain the incident thoroughly, to give further information on the lot boundary of JCSV2, as well as to clarify the established procedures and guidelines for police entering campus. However, the response failed to respond directly to the enquiries as the existing mechanism was not clarified, the October 4 incident waswere not explained thoroughly, and failed in pledging to protect the personal safety of HKU students and staff. The University Affairs Committee express our regret towards such bureaucratic response from the University and we urge the University to respond to students’ enquiries directly.

In the early morning of July 17, police entered the campus of the University of Hong Kong unannounced. At that time, the University pointed out that there is an “established mechanism” with the police. The University will only seek police’s assistance when necessary. However, the school has never clearly stated how the established mechanism is operated. Without sufficient transparency of such mechanism, it will only become a rubber stamp. The University Affairs Committee would like to enquire the following regarding the mechanism:

1. Do the police need to obtain the consent of the University before entering the campus?
2. Should police officers notify the relevant departments before they enter into campus?
3. Do police officers need to be accompanied by HKU security guards during the process of investigation in the campus?
4. When has the relevant mechanism taken effect?
5. Where can students obtain the details of the relevant mechanism?

During the incident, a HKU student passed by the gate of JCSV2. He was then stopped and searched by police officers outside the university’s property on No. 109 Pok Fu Lam Road. In the response from Professor Xiang Zhang, he just merely explained some factual details on this matter. He did not enquire the police about the rationales behind the stop and search to release the confusion and anxiety of students. Such an act reflects that the police’s arbitrary entrance on the campus of higher institutions is acquiescent, intending to spread white terror.

The abuse of power by the police has become more and more serious in recent days. They have been illegally entering the campus of different higher institutions, provoking and intimidating students. Even worse, they entered the Hong Kong Baptist University to arrest several students, and continued detaining and searching students on the campus. It is apparent that the police are acting against university students. The University Affairs Committee condemns the Hong Kong Government for spreading white terror among higher institutions. The University must not turn a blind eye and ignore students’ fear of their personal safety. The University Affairs Committee now solemnly demands the University:

1. To disclose all details of the mechanism regarding police entering campus, such as the implementation and procedures
2. To enquire police about the reasons of the university students being stopped and searched in the incident
3. To reaffirm the University’s stance towards police enforcing law on the campus, and unreasonably searching students outside the campus area
4. To promise to ensure the safety of university students and staff as well as their properties, and reassure that the police must have sufficient legal basis and reasons of entering the campus

Professor Xiang Zhang promised on July 12 that he would never allow the police to enter the campus to arrest students without reasonable legal ground. However, in the recent response, he has again failed to respond directly to the questions and requests raised by the students. The University Affairs Committee strictly require the University to fulfill its promise, safeguarding the safety of HKU students and staff.

University Affairs Committee,
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union Council

12 October 2019

Statement from Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions on the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation

 

On 4 October 2019, the regime announced that it has decided to invoke powers under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and enacted the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation (“Anti-Mask Law”). The Regulation prohibits Hongkongers from covering their faces in unauthorised assemblies, illegal assemblies, or even authorised assemblies and marches. The maximum punishment for violation is 1-year-imprisonment, the Regulation came into effect at 00:00 on 5 October. Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions strongly oppose the enactment of the Anti-Mask Law, and strongly condemn the regime for introducing a totalitarian Regulation and destroying the fundamental rule of law in Hong Kong.
The Anti-Mask Law is an attempt to increase the cost for people to participate in protests and assemblies, creating white terror and seriously depriving them of their constitutional freedoms. Sparking even greater public outcry, the Emergency Regulation Ordinance allows the Chief Executive to exercise unlimited power, bypassing the Legislative Council to make laws arbitrarily. The legislative power under the separation of powers was deprived from the legislative body, destroying the principle itself. The Basic Law does not allow the Chief Executive to make laws, nor did it allow her to announce a state of emergency, thus the invocation of powers under the Emergency Regulation Ordinance is unconstitutional. This precedent opened Pandora’s Box: the regime may enact any laws that restrict freedom of the people as it wishes, including curfew, limitation of freedom of communication, confiscation of private property, etc. It could even enact local legislation for Article 23 of the Basic Law, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The Government claimed that the law would be handed over to the Legislative Council for negative vetting, but the fact is that the Council has no power to revoke the order made. The Anti-Mask Law marked the official commencement of totalitarian governance in Hong Kong, the rule of law ceased to exist, and the freedoms of the people are at great risk.
Furthermore, the Anti-Mask Law does not apply to the Police, expanding their already unfettered power one step further. The Hong Kong Police now has prerogative power, they are above the law: they can use violence as they please and arrest the innocent without any legal consequences. The Anti-Mask Law gives the Police even more power to create charges to crackdown on protestors, cementing Hong Kong as a Police State. The regime cited foreign examples, such as Canada, to justify their enactment of the Anti-Mask Law. However, these foreign countries are democracies, their Anti-Mask Laws were passed through legislative procedures, and the Canadian Police are not above the law. There is a fundamental difference between Hong Kong and Canada, the regime’s shameful and pathetic attempt to confuse the public fools no one.
The enactment of the Anti-Mask Law sounded the death knell for Hong Kong, reminding us that Hongkongers must come out victorious in the Revolution of Our Times, or else we would never live to see the day of Hong Kong’s Liberation. “Give us freedom or give us death.” Hongkongers had looked past life and death, an Anti-Mask Law will not only fail to scare off the people, but will also ignite our determination in defending our rights and freedom. The Government’s refusal to respond to the people’s demands and the delusion that strict laws would stop all resistance are reflections of its ignorance. Hongkongers will not stand around and do nothing, Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions call for Hongkongers’ unity: we shall never bow down to totalitarianism and die fighting until glory be to Hong Kong.
6 October 2019

The Student Union of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
Student Union of Chu Hai College of Higher Education Acting Executive Committee
The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

Response from the Union Executive Committee on the Damaging of Democracy Wall

 

Recently, some posts on the Democracy Wall have been removed without authorization and the Democracy Wall was vandalized with paint. These actions tarnish the freedom of speech and expression, and may amount to Criminal Damage. The Union Executive Committee strongly condemns such acts and reserves the right to take legal actions against the perpetrators.

The Democracy Wall is a platform for students of the University to freely express their views. The Union Executive Committee encourages students to voice their opinions on recent social events to facilitate discussion. Users of the Democracy Wall must follow the rules posted on the Democracy Wall. The Union Executive Committee deplores acts of Criminal Damage to the Democracy Wall in curtailing the freedom of speech and expression. Pursuant to the Internal Regulation of the Union, only the General Secretary and Administrative Secretary of the Union may manage the Democracy Wall, including removal of articles infringing the regulations.

Any complaints against posts on the Democracy Wall shall be directed to the Chairperson of the Judicial Committee of the Union Council.

Executive Committee of The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
October 2, 2019

「狂瀾既倒,昂首邁進。全民備戰,伐暴討共。」 — 大專學界呼籲全港市民三罷聲明

 

In the past three months, Hongkongers have been taking to the streets, risking their lives, to fight against tyranny. Carrie Lam’s withdrawal of the extradition law amendment bill coated three rallies of millions of citizens, nine deaths, over one thousand protesters being arrested, and countless more Hongkongers injured by the brutality of the police force and triad members. It was three months too late.

The crux of the problem remains unresolved – we are still living in the shadow of the tyranny. What put Hong Kong in this dire straits is not the extradition bill nor Carrie Lam. The culprit is the corrupt political system. Since our government and legislature are formed undemocratically, the regime is unrestrained and never took its people seriously.

The Five Demands do not stop with “Withdrawal of extradition bill” and “Independent Inquiry to Police Brutality”. We must treat the Five Demands as a whole. The rationale behind the Five Demands is power to the people. Hong Kong is tarnished by tyranny, but our battle cries still stand strong in leading us out to liberation in democracy and freedom.

In early September, students’ unions of higher institutions set deadline of 13/9 for the regime, before which the regime must respond to the Five Demands. This corrupt regime, again, ignored. We urge Hongkongers to participate in a general strike between 1st October to 7th October, and continue with non-cooperation movements to increase the cost of governance of the regime.

Students’ unions of higher institutions originally planned to organize an assembly on 13/9, but these two weeks have shown strike actions can achieve more by reaching and engaging the public. We also urge students to keep conveying the idea of fighting for the Five Demands through actions such as street counter and public screenings. We will provide the necessary resources and assistance to students and will fully support their actions.

Long-term protest is exhausting. But we will keep fighting the tyranny because we have long passed the point of no return. We sincerely ask every Hongkongers to stand together until glory reclaims Hong Kong.

Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.

The Hong Kong University 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 Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Caritas Bianchi Collage of Careers Joint Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union

Five Demands Not One Less Students with People We Stand – Response Statement from Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions towards Carrie Lam’s Public Announcement on 4 September 2019

 

After all the brutal suppressions in the past three months, Carrie Lam publicly claimed that she will withdraw the extradition law amendment bill. It is not only a fatal error in assessing public opinion but also an insult to Hongkongers who have been fighting for freedom and protecting our basic rights, if Carrie Lam naively believes she can put out the fire by simply withdrawing the bill.

The Hong Kong Police Force has been committing unforgivable atrocities, such as torturing protestors, turning a blind eye to the terrorist attacks by the gangsters. Hongkongers have witnessed everything. Carrie Lam, however, chose to cover up for the police, refusing to establish an independent investigative committee. She tried to get away from her responsibility by increasing the number of members of the Independent Police Complaints Council. The two new members, Lam Ting Kwok and Yu Lai Ching Ping are just Carrie Lam’s allies, the former being the senior advisor of Carrie Lam’s campaign office, the latter being the former chairperson of the Bar Association who once expressed support for the local legislation of the National Anthem Law, let alone the Council is just a “toothless tiger” who only has the power to examine but not to investigate. The Council is in fact powerless in monitoring the police force. Lam apparently did not intend to address the police’ abuse of power, and she chose to let them get away with all the crime.

The consequences of an executive and political fault shall not be borne by the people. It was Lam’s obstinacy in pushing the amendment bill that drew people’s anger. Carrie Lam arrogantly ignored it all, and has been laying charges on protestors arbitrarily, attempting to spread white terror so as to extinguish all the oppositions. We hereby reiterate that the consequences of the faults made by the regime must be borne by the regime, all charges shall be dropped, no prosecution shall ever be brought and the regime must make express and public statement that none of the protests was a riot.

Hong Kong people have been very clear that there are five demands and we accept no one less. Students’ unions of higher institutions will continue our strike. We have lost eight lives, four eyes and suffered countless injuries. We have reached a point of no return. Students were, are and always will be on the side of Hongkongers, and we vow to stand against the brutality of the regime until the regime fulfils all Hongkongers’ demands, and until justice is seen to be done.

May Glory be to Hong Kong. Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times!

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Student Union of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
Student Union of Chu Hai College of Higher Education Acting Executive Committee
Lingnan University Students’ Union
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
The Students’ Union of the Education University of Hong Kong
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Student’ Union

A Point of No Turning Back – Now We are the Masters of Our Fate – Joint Statement from Secondary School Student Organisations and Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions on the Class Boycott commencing in September

The Anti Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) Movement has been going on for 3 months, the Hong Kong Government refused to bat an eye on the 5 demands of the people, and even instigated brutal crackdowns on protests. When we started getting accustomed to batons, tear gas and all sorts of anti-riot firearms, the Government decided to go a step further and deployed water cannons on protestors. In fact, the threat of a crackdown with live ammunition is imminent. How is it possible, when the Government brutally tears Hong Kong apart and turns every street and district into battlefields, for us to sit down at our desks in school like nothing happened?
In the summer of 2019, countless young students took it to the streets, only hoping that the Government would withdraw the Extradition Law Amendment Bill and respond to the demands of the people. Nevertheless, the Carrie Lam regime not only did not respond to any of the 5 demands, but also carried on its violent crackdowns while calling for a “platform for dialogue”. The time difference between her Facebook post calling for peace and the first deployment of the water canon was just 20 minutes. Her attempt of stalling with vague promises and appeals till September, so that students would return to school and thus ending the Movement is abundantly obvious and pathetic.
The despicable is doomed to fail, the children of Hong Kong shall make sure of it. We call for the participation of all secondary school students and students of higher institutions in the upcoming class boycott starting on 2 September. Hong Kong is no longer what it was, students will not be willing to be the puppets of the Government that go to school every day as if nothing happened.
A class boycott is not simply being absent from school, it is a collective action out of social justice and the fulfillment of civic responsibility. As students, we shoulder the responsibility of defending our home and protecting conscience. The class boycott does not mean that students cease learning, instead we will put “Boycott Classes, Continue Learning” into practice – while we stress our demands by refusing to attend normal lessons, we shall commence “Civic Lessons”, allowing students to learn beyond traditional systematic education, and become a citizen of a democratic society.
We understand that society might be worried about students’, especially secondary school students’ participation in class boycotts, that it might affect our studies and safety. However, we hope that the public could understand that we were left with no choice, this is a point of no turning back. When the Education Bureau made a high-profile opposition announcement for the class boycott, and when white terror looms over society and retaliation, everyone who is willing to join the boycott has to be extremely brave to make this courageous decision. We hope that all Hongkongers, especially school sponsoring bodies, school principals, school-based social workers and parents, would support the students and their actions with the greatest tolerance and understanding.
School life might be a section of our lives, but whether the Movement succeeds or not determines the future of Hong Kong – the future of us and our next generations.

City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Students’ Union
Lingnan University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
Caritas Institute of Higher Education & Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
Hong Kong Baptist University Students’ Union
The Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University
The Open University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Education University of Hong Kong Students’ Union
The Platform of Class Boycotts in Secondary School

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union’s Statement on HKU Students Being Unreasonbly Detained in China

 

The Union has been informed that several HKU students are being detained by Chinese Public Security. The Union is currently in contact with their families and University authorities. The Union will offer every possible assistance in securing their safety.

The Union has also received complaints from Full Members that during trips to China for compulsory learning activities, they were forced to unlock their mobile devices, which were subsequently subjected to scrutinization by Chinese authorities.

Since the beginning of the Anti Extradition Law Movement, there have been a lot of cases of Hongkongers being unreasonably detained by Chinese Customs. The shameful acts of the totalitarian regime has now been threatening the safety of HKU students.The University regrettably has yet to implement any measure to safeguard HKU students, putting their safety at considerable jeopardy.

The University has been increasingly inclining to China in recent years. It is of paramount importance for the University to act responsibly and protect our students by taking prompt actions. The Union hereby strongly demands the University authorities to cancel all compulsory learning activities in China, and to provide alternatives for completing the curriculum requirements.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
24 August 2019

Joint Statement by Students’ Unions of Higher Institutions General Strike – Bring the Brutes to Justice, Bring Freedom to Hong Kong

 

Hongkongers, we shall not connive at the abuse of power and violence by the Hong Kong Police Force.

Students’ Unions of higher institutions hereby call for a general strike from all Hongkongers for an indefinite period, until the outlaws in Hong Kong Police Force were brought to justice and the Hong Kong Communist regime responds to the Five Demands of Hongkongers. We urge Hongkongers to assemble in Hong Kong International Airport at 1 p.m. every day starting from today.

In the past two months, these outlaws have been showing no respect for any laws and regulations; they have been using excessive violence, deploying expired chemical weapons, assaulting innocent passers-by and reporters, refusing to present their warrant cards and arresting citizens unreasonably.

Last night, the world witnessed how the outlaws have completely lost their control. All their acts are dehumanizing. They committed numerous crimes including:

1. Pretending as protesters and initiating violent conflicts, and then collaborating with the riot police in arresting peaceful protesters;

2. Shooting citizens in the eyes with bean bag rounds, causing rupture of the globe and permanent blindness;

3. Firing tear gas inside Kwai Fong MTR Station;

4. Shooting rampage of pepper spray projectiles at citizens in Tai Koo MTR station at close distance, and assaulting citizens on escalators causing a stampede;

5. Fabricating evidence by putting a stick into the bag of an arrested person;

6. Ignoring the violent acts of the white-clothed thugs, letting them attack citizens and journalists indiscriminately;

7. Using dehumanizing expression, such as “cockroaches”, to describe Hong Kong citizens. Similar strategies were employed during the Rwanda genocide and the Holocaust, in an attempt to justify their abuse of power and violence.

Hong Kong has become a police state.

The essence of the rule of law is nemo est supra legis (i.e. no one is above the law). The Hong Kong Communist regime have been criticizing the protesters for ruining the rule of law for months, but what is in fact eroding the rule of law in Hong Kong is the abuse of power and violence by Hong Kong Police Force.

We shall not kneel. God bless Hong Kong. The tyranny must fall.

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

12th August 2019

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