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Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 03:07
HKUST dismisses call to ban police recruitment on campus
By Willa Wu
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 03:07 By Willa Wu

The president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has rebutted a student group’s call to ban police recruitment on campus, saying on Tuesday the city’s legal system and law enforcement establishment enable people to “freely express diverse and opposing viewpoints with impunity”.

Wei Shyy also said that a city like Hong Kong embraces openness and inclusiveness, which leaves room for “various and competing” opinions

Wei Shyy also said that a city like Hong Kong embraces openness and inclusiveness, which leaves room for “various and competing” opinions.

Wei made his comments in a letter on Tuesday that responded to an HKUST Students’ Union petition that demanded the school forbid police recruitment on campus.

“Banning the police to recruit on campus is as inappropriate as banning anyone disagreeing with government policies on campus,” Wei wrote in the letter.

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In the petition presented by the students’ union on Monday and also posted on the group’s social media platform, union members used bad language to make their request.

Wei said the university welcomes dialogue with students because through dialogue, students and the university faculty can jointly support Hong Kong’s future.

However, Wei urged all members of the society to refrain from using profane language. He said that such speech “downgrades the process and diminishes the persuasive power”.

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