THE on-campus independence debate has spread into society with people using foul
language that should be condemned, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥)said.
“I have noticed that this debate has sort of spread into society at large, with people taking sides and using very foul language,” Lam said.
“I think that is most unhealthy and totally unnecessary for Hong Kong because everybody wants Hong Kong to go back to being a more harmonious society,” she said.
Universities are for students to be educated and to do their normal activities, Lam said, “so the campus shouldn’t be hijacked by a small portion of students to make it a field for political disputes.”
She found the arguments to be systematic and exceeding the limits of mere verbal discussions. Lam said she was not supposed to say if any remarks violated the law, but recent “unacceptably cruel, insulting and intimidating comments” have crossed the bottom line of a civilised society.
Hong Kong’s last governor Chris Patten (彭定康), who was visiting Hong Kong, slammed the surge in hate speech, saying “liberty must be limited in order to be possessed”.
He said that while topics on independence should not be barred, despite being a “very bad possibleidea”, those for or against it overstep the line when comments become aggressive and hateful.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 27 September 2017)
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