‘We have done what we need to do’: Activist-scholar Benny Tai reflects on Hong Kong’s democracy movement on Occupy anniversary
Six years ago today, tens of thousands of protesters poured onto a major road in Admiralty district in the heart of Hong Kong, as police fired volleys of tear gas.It was the start of a 79-day blockade of major roads, with tents replacing traffic, which sparked international awareness and interest in Hong Kong’s fight for democracy. Images of the peaceful protest were beamed worldwide.“Occupy Central with Peace and Love” was organised by Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and academics Chan Kin-man and Benny Tai Yiu-ting. All three would go on to serve 16-month prison sentences for public nuisance charges.R...
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University sacks Hong Kong protest leader loathed by China
Hong Kong (AFP) - A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist said Tuesday he had been fired by his university after he served jail time for taking part in protests, a move that was hailed by China's office in the city.Law professor Benny Tai, 56, decried his sacking by the University of Hong Kong and accused education chiefs of bowing to political pressure from Beijing."It marks the end of academic freedom in Hong Kong," he wrote on Facebook."Academic staff in education institutions in Hong Kong are no longer free to make controversial statements to the general public about politically or socially con...