Students from at least two Hong Kong elite secondary schools have waved American and “revolutionary” flags on campus in the latest example of continuing anti-government protests in the city.
In a video circulated on social media on Thursday, about 100 students in uniform from Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School in Tai Wai were seen gathered on the school’s basketball court and on staircases, belting out Glory to Hong Kong, the popular protest anthem regularly sung at street demonstrations and in shopping malls, as a student held up and waved the US flag.
Meanwhile, at St Paul’s College in Mid-Levels, 14 students waved flags emblazoned with the rallying cry “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times” during recess.
They were surrounded by about 200 fellow students chanting and singing the same song, while members of the school band played trombones, trumpets and euphoniums.
Elsewhere in the city, students from dozens more schools wore black for an annual Dress Casual Day to raise money for charity.
Shatin Tsung Tsin said in a statement that some students had strong feelings about recent events and had taken to expressing them peacefully on Tuesday by singing and chanting slogans.
“The school had no prior knowledge of the way some individuals would choose to express themselves, and told them that it did not approve of such acts,” the statement read.
It added the school did not support Hong Kong independence and had encouraged students to understand the country more through exchange tours and partnership schemes with mainland Chinese schools.
It also rebutted claims the event was organised by teachers and black flags were hoisted on school ground, saying they were dark purple flags that represented one of the school’s six houses.
“There is room for improvement in the time taken for immediate intervention. We apologise for that, and will make fuller considerations in future,” it added.
After Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor last Friday invoked the colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance to ban facial coverings at public gatherings, education chief Kevin Yeung Yun-hung wrote to schools telling them students should not wear masks in or outside campuses and to report the number of pupils who did so.
Lam had been hoping to curb months of violent unrest sparked by opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill.
“We fight white terror with black flags,” said Form Six student and convenor of St Paul’s anti-extradition bill concern group, Desmond Lau Kin-hei, referring to the Education Bureau’s letter.
“It violated the principle of political neutrality first, it cannot now turn around and accuse us of doing the same,” Lau said, adding he was not worried about his name being handed over to the bureau.
The Post has contacted St Paul’s for comments.
Ahead of Thursday’s charity day, many student groups – including Demovanile, Anti-Foo and Demosisto – called for students to wear “all black”, including shirts, masks and even other protest gear to school to show their discontent with the new anti-mask law.
At elite boys’ school Wah Yan College, Hong Kong in Wan Chai, many supported the call, with its student concern group saying at least 100 pupils were masked and wore black to school.
“Wearing black means countering the ‘white terror’ out there and to show our stand,” one concern group member said. “[We] also want to let our classmates know that many of us have the same goal.”
About 200 pupils also wore black shirts and masks at Sing Yin Secondary School in Ngau Chi Wan, its concern group said. At Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu College – the school attended by an 18-year-old student who was hit in the chest by a police live round during National Day protests and later arrested – many students wore black while others distributed biscuits with words supportive to the movement on them.
Additional reporting by Chan Ho-him
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