Hong Kong Teacher Banned From Classroom After Teaching Students About Independence, Freedom of Speech

Government officials revoked a Hong Kong teacher’s registration after an investigation found the teacher had allegedly used pro-independence materials in class.

The Education Bureau of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region accused the teacher of committing a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, its de facto constitution which protects freedom of assembly and freedom of speech—neither of which exist in mainland China.

The teacher at Alliance Primary School in Kowloon Tong “had a plan to spread the independence message,” the deputy secretary for education, Chan Siu Suk-fan, said Tuesday.

“In order to protect students’ interest and safeguard teachers’ professionalism and public trust in the teaching profession, the education bureau decided to cancel the teacher’s registration,” the bureau said in a statement.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the bureau has told teachers since 2016 that the topic of “Hong Kong independence” cannot be openly discussed in

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Hong Kong primary school teacher banned for talking about independence | Hong Kong

A Hong Kong primary school teacher has been de-registered after using pro-independence materials in class, reportedly to teach students about the concepts of freedom of speech and independence.

The education bureau accused the teacher of a premeditated act in violation of Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Basic Law, by having “spread a message about Hong Kong independence”.

“In order to protect students’ interest and safeguard teachers’ professionalism and public trust in the teaching profession, the territory’s education bureau decided to cancel the teacher’s registration,” it said in a statement reported by the South China Morning Post.

Local media reports said the teacher had shown the class a video featuring a pro-independence activist, and had then asked the students questions including “what is freedom of speech”, and “according to the video, what is the reason for advocating Hong Kong independence?”.

The bureau said several teachers were warned over the incident, and

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I’m surprised to see that law enforcement was awarded the cash for riot gear (“Three and a half months after first request, Hudson County law enforcement agencies will get tear gas”). But more surprised to see a member of the public being quoted as saying “tear gas is banned under the Geneva Convention.”

It is not.

And he is mistaken in his assumption that it pertains to protests of the nature we have been experiencing.  He might want to review the document in its entirety starting with “Basic Rules of International Humanitarian law in Armed Conflicts,” which this is not classified, and “Protection of Civilian Persons and Populations in Time of War,” which we are not.

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