POLITICS – CY Leung Humiliated at Ceremony Ahead of July 1st March 25


HK’s leader was repeatedly humiliated yesterday at a Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts graduation ceremony…

via Apple Daily

Students held up placards demanding genuine democracy whilst others receiving their degrees refused to bow, gave CY the thumbs-down or crossed their arms above their heads – an action referencing last year’s national education protests (coverage: part 12 and 3). 

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via Oriental Daily

One student, Ng Ka-chun, bowed three times (a tribute to the dead), saying later that “he’s not elected by the people… he’s controlled by the central government. He’s like a dead person”

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Leung responded by stating that “different students have their own ways of expression“, before assuring reporters of the government’s “sincerity” in making full democracy a reality.

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via SCMP

In the run-up to Monday’s pro-democracy rally, Leung released a 29-page document detailing his government’s supposed achievements.

via Apple Daily

A record turnout is expected. Since last year’s march, Leung has had to contend with last summer’s national education protests, a record poverty gap and a dismal approval rating. HK’s first Chief Executive, Tung Chee Hwa, attracted similar levels of disdain and was ousted after the 2003 rally. According to a new Chinese University poll, 46% of people have no confidence in Leung’s leadership.

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Last summer’s Scholarism protests at LEGCO against national education

Suspicion of the mainland remains at an all-time high with many Hong Kongers still angry about ‘mainland mother‘ and parallel trader controversies which spawned an ‘anti-locust’ movement against visitors from China. Furthermore, the administration has been embroiled in scandal after the arrest of development chief Mak Chai-kwong and corruption allegations within HK’s own anti-corruption agency.

Livelihood issues are also likely to dominate this year’s protest with out-of-control rents and inflation affecting ordinary Hong Kongers. However, there have also been unprecedented attempts to dampen this year’s turnout with suspiciously timed shopping festivals and a cheap music festival at the old Kai Tak site (which is attracting boycott calls). Meanwhile, some ‘astro-turf’ mainland-backed groups are staging counter-rallies in Tsim Sha Tsui in support of the government.

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The July 1st march begins at Victoria Park on Monday at 2:30pm and is organised by the Civil Human Rights Front.

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Jackie Hung of the July 1st organising body, the Civil Human Rights Front.

Know your rights before attending a demonstration in HK by downloading this Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union English leaflet or seeing our blog post here

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Click to view/download PDF.

Below is a video of the incident at the Performing Arts academy yesterday…


  • Randy

    F-U-C-Y

  • Randy

    F-U-C-Y

  • smog

    That looks more like “insulted” than “humiliated” to me.

    But students will be students, the world over. That’s what they do.

  • smog

    It looks more like “insulted” than “humiliated” to me.

    But that’s what students do, the world over.

    And then they grow up. Although in Hong Kong this seems to take rather long than elsewhere in the world. Hello Kitty toys for 30-year olds anyone?

    • Tom

      “the old cannot kill the young forever”

      • smog

        Indeed, but adolescence is defined as the age that everyone goes through when they believe that they won’t grow up to be as stupid as their parents.

        And then they do.

  • smog

    It looks more like “insulted” than “humiliated” to me.

    But that’s what students do, the world over.

    And then they grow up. Although in Hong Kong this seems to take rather longer than elsewhere in the world. Hello Kitty toys for 30-year olds anyone?

    • Tom

      “the old cannot kill the young forever”

      • smog

        Indeed, but adolescence is defined as the age that everyone goes through when they believe that they won’t grow up to be as stupid as their parents.

        And then they do.

  • bluesummers

    I’m reading the comments on youtube and it seems that the general consensus is that the kids are being brats and disrespectful.

    On one hand, this is the only platform/chance that they can show their dissatisfaction towards CY but on the other, I’m sure there are more proper and respectful methods to do so. Oh, and it’s your graduation by the way, not sure if this is the best time or place to insult the Chief Exec. of HK since this shit is public and your future employers are watching this as well.

    Thoughts, Tom?

    • Tom

      It’s hard for any fellow human not to feel slightly sorry for Leung, however, it’s true that – paricularly with no voice at the ballot box – this is one of the few opportunites that individuals will get to express their dissatisfaction directly.

      CY is also directly responsible for trying to push through what many of those attending thought to be ‘brainwashing’ National Education lessons, so the setting is relevant.

      The students are doing what students do, and have always done – attempting to spearhead change. Had they have simply protested with a banner outside, no-one would’ve listened and this wouldn’t be in the headlines.

      It’s also timely in that the pro-democracy July 1st rally is due in a matter of days and Leung’s government is pulling out all the stops to dampen attendance. Give this context, the graduation ceremony also seemed like a good chance to protest on the democracy issue – so no tears for CY.

      • bluesummers

        Cool beans.

  • bluesummers

    I’m reading the comments on youtube and it seems that the general consensus is that the kids are being brats and disrespectful.

    On one hand, this is the only platform/chance that they can show their dissatisfaction towards CY where many people can see them. But on the other hand, I’m sure there are more proper and respectful methods to do so. Oh, and it’s your graduation by the way, not sure if this is the best time or place to insult the Chief Exec. of HK since this shit is public and your future employers are watching this as well.

    Thoughts, Tom?

    • Tom

      It’s hard for any fellow human not to feel slightly sorry for Leung, however, it’s true that – paricularly with no voice at the ballot box – this is one of the few opportunites that individuals will get to express their dissatisfaction directly.

      CY is also directly responsible for trying to push through what many of those attending thought to be ‘brainwashing’ National Education lessons, so the setting is relevant.

      The students are doing what students do, and have always done – attempting to spearhead change. Had they have simply protested with a banner outside, no-one would’ve listened and this wouldn’t be in the headlines.

      It’s also timely in that the pro-democracy July 1st rally is due in a matter of days and Leung’s government is pulling out all the stops to dampen attendance. Give this context, the graduation ceremony also seemed like a good chance to protest on the democracy issue – so no tears for CY.

      • bluesummers

        Cool beans.

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  • Christian Espinel

    He got it soft… In any other country he would get a cake of shit in the face.

  • Christian Espinel

    He got it soft… In any other country he would get a cake of shit in the face.

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