Hong Kong CityU students’ union faces national security probe over farewell ceremony

The students’ union of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is facing a probe by police from the national security department, after some expressions written during its farewell ceremony last week were said to be potentially illegal under the Beijing-imposed security law.

The CityU student body organised a “parting ceremony” last Monday before it moved out of its premises on the Kowloon Tong campus upon the request of the university. The eviction came after the union failed to hand over 16 years of audited financial records before a two-week deadline.

Representatives of the City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union. Photo: City Broadcasting Channel (CBC).

Representatives from the students’ union staged a walk on campus and painted phrases including  “freedom of thought,” “academic autonomy,” “[we will] not yield a single step” and “resist till the end” at the entrance of a store they operated.

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.

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