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Hong Kong Independence: A Political Red Line for Hong Kong Society and Higher Education

  • Wing-Wah LawEmail author
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Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

Abstract

This chapter explores further the third controversial issue arising from the Occupy Central, by examining the central and local authorities’ zero-tolerance positions on Hong Kong independence, the Hong Kong government’s efforts to oppose pro-independence forces, and how these efforts have affected civil liberties in society and freedom of discussion on school and university campuses. It argues the central and local governments cannot tolerate pro-independence voices, consider the rise of pro-independence factions a key potential threat to national sovereignty and security, and have categorically defined discussions of Hong Kong independence as outside the limits of freedom of speech and academic freedom. The Hong Kong government has moved to prevent the spread of pro-independence sentiments by introducing unprecedented measures shrinking the space for pro-independence discourse, constraining social freedoms, and limiting the discussion of political sensitive issues on campuses—though their efficacy is uncertain.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina

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