NEWS – Students Protest HK’s No.2 Politician at Graduation Ceremony 3

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.

Carrie Lam

via Housenews

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.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Secretary

via Apple Daily

Earlier this year, Lam warned Hong Kongers not to ‘provoke‘ Beijing and and ‘urged’ voters to think carefully about partaking in the current unofficial referendum.

This week, Lam also called upon LegCo to pass the rural New Territories development plan.

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“.

Carrie Lam

via Apple Daily

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.

CY Leung

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3 thoughts on “NEWS – Students Protest HK’s No.2 Politician at Graduation Ceremony

  • Boba

    Tom, this was a protest straight-up, not simply a ‘humiliation’. ‘Students protest HK’s No. 2 at Graduation Ceremony’. Simple.

  • Tom

    Thanks Redditor, I decided to make the change. Though bear in mind, it’s an online blog which wants readers to click – not the New York Times.

  • Sue Jones

    I feel a mixture of strong admiration for these students but also fear, made more so by the nervous grins on Lam and Leung’s faces. Behind them may lie enough vindictiness to influence what may happen to these brave students. But please hang on. My thoughts are with you.