Hong Kong PolyU Students Suspended/Expelled by a U Head Closely Connected w/ China Space Admin for Protest Against Deprivation of Free Speech (Chapman Chen reports) — Local Press

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Summary: 4 former #HongKongPolytechnicUniversity #StudentUnion executive members/students have just been either suspended (#LamWingHang) or expelled (#HoChunYin, member of Students Independence Union) or sentenced to long hours’ community work by the U for their 2018 Oct protest against the sch authorities’ covering up with red paper part of the student union’s democracy wall which was depicting slogans of “Hong Kong Independence” & posts about the 2014 Umbrella Revolution. The current interim President of the U is Prof. #PhilipCHChan (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, U of Illionois), who has close connections w/ #ChinaNationalSpaceAdministration. Last year, Hong Kong Chief Executive #CarrieLam said there’s no room for discussion of #HongKongIndependence on campus.

(by #ChapmanChen, #LocalPress, #HongKong)   #NASA #HongKongHumanRight #FreeSpeech #FreedomOfSpeech

 

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Former Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student Union President #LamWingHang has just been suspended, postgrad student #HoChunYin (member of the allegedly separatist Students Independence Union) expelled, U council student representative #OwanLi sentenced to 120 hours’ community service, and former external vice president #ChengYuetTing to 60 hours’ community service. The incident may be traced back to October last year when the school authorities took back half of the democracy wall or notice board of the student union in order to suppress speeches about Hong Kong independence or Umbrella Revolution. After the student union members’ fasting protest and going to the office of the school authorities for negotiations, the wall was given back to the student union.

 

The president of the University then was Prof. Timothy W. Tong. The Interim President now is Professor Philip C. H. Chan, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1973, and obtained a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975 and 1978 respectively in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He started his career at UIUC and then joined the Intel Corporation. He serves concurrently in his capacity as Deputy President and Provost, which he has assumed duty since March 2010. Chan has maintained close ties with China National Space Administration, and has signed joint research agreements with it on behalf of HKPolyU. Last December, US charged Chinese hackers with ‘massive theft’ from #NASA, Navy and tech sector.

 

#ChapmanChen reports


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