Monthly Archives: September 2014

358 signatories

358 staff at universities in Hong Kong have now signed a petition in support of the student strike which is taking place this week. This may seem like a low number, given that the total number of academics and administrators would be somewhere in the many thousands, but given the white terror tactics and repercussions these staff will experience, it is a very healthy number. What is telling is that the number comprises only 61 administrators, while nearly 300 academics have signed thus far. I would hazard a guess that the large majority of those 300 or so academics are on ‘old terms’, i.e. continuous appointments. Of course, the post-colonial, Beijing-appointed government knew exactly what the long-term goals were, when the academic appointments system was so drastically changed in the early 2000s.

Sadly, I fear that all of this will come to nothing. So long as there is one-party rule in China, Beijing will never relinquish the right to appoint Hong Kong rulers. Even more sadly, the 358 signatories are in for a rough time.

Dr Lam Tai-fai speaks out

Good on Dr Lam Tai-fai, usually known as a pro-establishment figure, for speaking out against the disgraceful move by anti-Occupy Central figures to try and get people tell on students who boycott classes:

Industrial sector lawmaker Lam Tai-fai has strongly criticised anti-Occupy Central campaigners for setting up a hotline for the public to report on high-school students planning a class boycott or joining in actions of civil disobedience.

Of course, these are the usual tactics of any totalitarian state, ever more evident nowadays in Hong Kong. What is encouraging however is that people who are not known to speak out, or who usually toe the line, have found the courage to make their voices heard.