Libraries and schools in Hong Kong remove books

Would books, or rather certain books, distill the poison of rebellion and subversion in the malleable minds of Hong Kong youth? Is this what is put in the minds of schoolchildren and high school students who "inculcates hatred", according to the expression of MP Ann Chiang, from the largest pro-Beijing party in the territory, the DAB, during recent debate in local parliament, Legco?

On Monday, a few days after the new national security law was passed in Hong Kong on June 30, Education Minister Kevin Yeung asked schools to review what, in the educational content submitted to students (including the books), could rape her.Three weeks earlier, the minister had already written to the directors of all schools in Hong Kong urging them to "advise their students so that they stop singing slogans, forming human chains and to share slogans or chants with political overtones online, failing which it would be up to the establishment to take appropriate punitive measures ”.

Following the adoption of the law, on June 4, on the respect of the flag and the national anthem, instructions had also been given so that the schoolchildren learn to sing well "the march of the volunteers", the Chinese anthem , and that they understand the importance of respecting the flag.In 2019, during the great protest movement that shook the territory, incidents had multiplied: the Chinese flag was trampled, burned or thrown into the sea and the Chinese anthem booed in the stadiums.

Teachers have asked for clarifications since the last instructions.The only Hong Kong delegate to the standing committee of the National People's Congress, the Chinese parliament, Tam Yiu-chung, said that "criticizing the government in a book is not prohibited., as long as the book did not promote one of the four crimes covered by the new law [secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with a foreign force] ".But the characteristic of the law is to be vague, to as far as Beijing has granted itself an absolute right of interpretation.

Posted Date: 2020-07-14

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