Exclusive: Hong Kong Polytechnic University student body to vote on dissolution


The senior student body of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will vote on whether to disband on Wednesday, HKFP has learned.

The “Red Brick Society” was formerly known as the “PolyU Student Union” before the school cut ties with it in April. They said a lawyer had made the recommendation to disband citing the national security law imposed by Beijing.

Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

An executive member of the group told HKFP on Monday evening that the vote will only need the support of three quarters of the members present at the meeting to pass. The student body lowered the threshold for passing motions a few months ago, they said.

“We just don’t have much office or power left after the university cut ties with us, so a lot of members agree it would be best if we disbanded with honour,” the executive member said – who did not wish to be identified. HKFP.

Representation on campus

PolyU is the fifth university to ban its best students from accessing university resources, after the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Lingnan.

The university ordered the 28-year-old student union to stop using the university’s name and resources and to leave campus by July 15.

At the time, PolyU said the requirement was in place to protect the university’s reputation and interests, and cited the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s ordinance that requires any organization to seek permission. of PolyU in order to claim an association with it.

The campus was the scene of violent battles between police and protesters during the 2019 pro-democracy protests and unrest.

The aftermath of the PolyU unrest in 2019. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

In June 2020, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – after a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalized subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces, and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption of transportation and other infrastructure.

The move gave police new powers, alarming Democrats, civil society groups and business partners. He has been cited by the city’s educational institutions in cases related to student unions and the removal of artwork from campuses. However, authorities say it has restored stability and peace to the city.


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