During a graduation ceremony this evening at the Cultural Centre, students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts turned their backs in protest at the city’s number two official, Carrie Lam.
Some students ignored the Chief Secretary whilst others crossed their arms – a gesture popularised during 2012 Scholarism protests against a ‘patriotic education’ programme which Lam supported.
Towards the end of the ceremony, students stood up and sang Hong Kong’s hit song of resistance, ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’. The Les Misérables song has been adapted by local activists…
A rough translation via Real HK News…
Who has yet to speak up?
We all have the responsibility to defend our city.
We are born with the rights and have the desire to be in charge of our own land.
Who would surrender to suppression and remain silent.
Who has not been woken up?
The sound of freedom is spreading.
Waking up our consciences which we shall never forget
Why is a sweet dream still a dream, and many still hope that our dream would be granted by others?
It is easy for us to tell black from white and right from wrong!
To defend the future of our next generation, we must open our eyes now!
No one should remain silent, and watch Hong Kong to be turned red!
Ask ourselves then use our own hands to fight for a future we have a vote in!
We are humans, we have the responsibility and freedom to choose and shape our future!
Addressing the students as the event ended, the director of the school, Professor Adrian Watler, said that he wasn’t sad, just “disappointed“.
The scenes are a repeat of an incident at last year’s graduation ceremony where students gave HK’s leader, CY Leung, the thumbs-down and crossed their arms.