» 09/08/2012 HONG KONG - CHINA Card. Zen and Jimmy Lai at demonstration against Beijing’s "patriotic" education for Hong Kong by Paul Hong About 120 thousand people have gathered around the young people who are carrying out a hunger strike against "brainwashing" imposed by Beijing on schools. Also, the great democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming. Protests held abroad.
(AsiaNews) - Cardinal Joseph Zen and the entrepreneur Jimmy Lai were among the
most prominent figures to have participated in huge demonstration yesterday
evening calling for the cancellation of a program for "national
education" (or "patriotic") in Hong Kong's schools.
avalanche of protesters poured into the area of Admiralty (see photo), near
the seat of government and Tamar barracks occupied by the garrison of soldiers
of the liberation army from mainland China. According
to the organizers, there were at least 120 thousand people, police say at 21.30
(local time), there were about 36 thousand demonstrators. But
the flow of people was such that it invaded other neighborhoods close to
wore black T-shirts or black armbands, a sign of mourning for the freedom of
"national education" project consists of a number of hours that every
class must dedicate to lessons in the history of China's great achievements, all
thanks to the Communist Party in Beijing. Ample
space must be given to the economic development of the motherland, but these
lessons will not touch on topics such as human rights, the Tiananmen massacre,
religious freedom or the controversial and violent history of the Chinese
has always been an opponent to this "education", describing it as a form
of "brainwashing." In
addition to the Cardinal and Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong's leading figures in
the democratic movement Martin Lee Chu-ming, was also present.
of thousands of demonstrators gathered around the 12 young students on a one
day hunger strike in front of the seat of government. Students,
parents, teachers, trade unionists, politicians and even business owners are
opposed to the inclusion of these hours of false "patriotism."
government does not seem to want to back down from its decision, but has
invited a delegation of students and parents to participate in discussions with
officials on the implementation of the program. However
students and teachers are willing to boycott these lessons in forced "patriotism".
school in Sha Tin, that had decided to start the courses of "national
education" after last night's event, decided to cancel them.
campaign is also growing in other parts of the world, thanks to immigrants from
Hong Kong. A
group in London has decided to a rally today outside the Territory's representative
offices in the British capital.
Previously, Card. Zen
had told AsiaNews that Beijing fears
the free education that is widespread in Hong Kong and has made control over
schools one of the priorities of its project for the former British colony. This
project is also part of the launch of an organizing committee in every school, that
will be controlled by the government and remove replace the educational
institutions that manage the schools, including the Catholic Church.