Hong Kong’s authorities on Monday ordered faculties to assessment and take away any books which may breach a sweeping new safety legislation that Beijing imposed final week on the stressed metropolis.
“In accordance with the 4 varieties of offences clearly stipulated within the legislation, the varsity administration and lecturers ought to assessment instructing and studying supplies in a well timed method, together with books,” the Training Bureau mentioned.
“In the event that they discover outdated content material or content material which will concern the 4 aforementioned offences, they need to take away them,” the bureau added.
Final week China enacted a safety legislation outlawing 4 nationwide safety crimes: subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with overseas forces.
Authorities promptly declared political opinions espousing independence or self-autonomy can be considered as unlawful underneath the brand new legislation.
Rights teams and authorized analysts have warned the broad wording of the legislation, which was saved secret till it was handed, would have a chilling impact of political freedoms within the semi-autonomous hub.
The order for faculties to assessment and take away any contraband books comes two days after Hong Kong’s libraries mentioned they had been additionally pulling titles deemed to breach the legislation for a assessment.
Amongst these withdrawn from cabinets was one by outstanding activist Joshua Wong, one other by pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan and a number of different titles written by Chin Wan, a scholar who’s seen because the godfather of a “localist” motion advocating better self-determination for town.
Hong Kong has a few of Asia’s greatest universities and a campus tradition the place subjects that may be taboo on the mainland are nonetheless mentioned and written about.
However Beijing has made clear it needs schooling within the metropolis to turn out to be more “patriotic” particularly after a yr of big, typically violent and largely youth-led pro-democracy protests.
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