采访/朱智善 编辑/陈洁 后制/李勇
Hong Kong Teachers Support Occupy Central Students, Would Mainland China Teachers Respond The Same Way?
On July 2, a group of academics from Hong Kong tertiary
institutions issued a joint statement in support
of the arrested students who carried out
an Occupy Central rehearsal earlier that day.
If speech of mainland China students or teachers
is suppressed by the authorities, would mainland scholars
declare their support like Hong Kong scholars have done?
Let’s see NTD correspondent Chen Jie’s reports.
After Hong Kong’s July 1 Parade, about 1,200 people
responded to the call from Hong Kong Federation of Students
(HKFS) for a peaceful Occupy Central rehearsal which would
last until 8 a.m. on July 2.
However, at 3 a.m. on the second morning, police began
to forcibly remove the sit-in participants
by hooking their necks and wrists, even showing no mercy
to an 80-year-old man on crutches.
At 8 a.m. on July 2, there were still hundreds of people
sitting at Chater Road clapping and cheering.
They said the Occupation campaign was successful.
But as they were gearing to leave, police surrounded them,
arresting them one by one.
The police announced the arrest of 511 people
during the clearance operation.
They were arrested and charged with involvement
in an unauthorized assembly and disrupting public order.
Retired professor of Shandong University Sun Wenguang:
“Hong Kong SAR Government is now learning
from Mainland China.
This is the way the mainland operates.
Even for small activities, the authorities would catch
participants and sentence them.
In addition, Taiwanese student leaders were not allowed
to participate in Hong Kong activities or exchange ideas
with local students.
Mr. Wang Dan, student leader during the June 4 incident
of 1989, is not allowed to travel to Hong Kong.
Such practices are being learned from Beijing Police."
According to reports, the detained persons range in age
from 14 to 78-years-old.
Students, activists and others from all walks of life
are among them.
486 participants were issued warning notices,
and the police claimed to be reserving prosecution rights.
Another 25 were released on bail or waiting
further investigation or arraignment.
Included are three Pan-Democratic Camp legislators
Lee Cheuk-yan, Leung Yiu-chung and Albert Ho Chun-yan.
President of the United States Alliance of Anti-China
Political Persecution Mr Liu Yinquan: “Hong Kong police
are under the CCP’s control, interference and pressure,
and they indeed perform in the style of Mainland China.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) forces in Hong Kong
are very powerful with a great variety of personnel.
The police have also been infiltrated
and controlled by the CCP.
In addition, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive is not voted in
by the general election.
The CCP exerts great influence on the voting process,
which has produced a government team headed
by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong of course
being controlled by the CCP.
Under such conditions, it is inevitable that Hong Kong Police
transform into Mainland China’s style."
On July 2, 41 faculty members from various tertiary
institutions in Hong Kong jointly published a statement.
The statement said, “We support the students
and praise the students extreme patience and restraint
with arms linked and quietly staying at the Occupy Central
site in the face of police clearance and arrests."
The statement says that these students fully embody
the fighting spirit of peaceful non-violence
and they are proud of the students.
Sun Wenguang: “In Mainland it is almost impossible
to find such a case.
When students or faculty members are suppressed
for their speech, no university leader will speak out
in support of the teacher.
The student should not be arrested.
All colleges and universities in Mainland have a CCP
committee whose head is the university’s prime leader.
However, the University President in China has to obey
the management of the CCP head of the university.
However, it is not such a case in Hong Kong and Taiwan,
where the president of a university is a scholar.
The president will stick to universal values."
Liu Yinquan revealed that many mainland teachers who
were very angry with the June 4 Tiananmen Square
Massacre in 1989 were quickly purged by the CCP.
Liu Yinquan: “At that time, I was a deputy director
of the Department of History.
I took the students to the Municipal Government to present
a wreath commemorating the massacre victims,
and we marched while shouting slogans such as
‘Overthrow the CCP.’
But soon, the CCP dispatched a work group stationed
in the University.
Everyone needed to pass the test.
If you did not nod your head in support,
then you would suffer daily torture.
Around one or two months later, basically the oppression
had no resistance.
During June 4, if a student protested, then the government
immediately persecuted that student.
When the government keeps oppressing,
the intelligentsia is the silent majority."
One Washington Post editorial pointed out
that the suppression of Mainland Chinese dissidents
has brought panic to Hong Kong people.
According to a survey, eighty percent of youth age from 21
to 29-years-old are “dissatisfied" with the CCP control.
Professor David Zweig, Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology, told the Associated Press that the CCP
recently released the White Paper on Hong Kong, which
is serving as the latest catalyst for the political awakening
of young people in Hong Kong.
Interview/ZhuZhiShan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/LiYong