Caught a Chinese student tearing a pro-Hong Kong democracy poster from an Australian university

An overseas Chinese student was captured in a video at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, demolishing a poster in support of democracy and freedom in Hong Kong and China. This is an incident that highlights the continued impact of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) teachings. Chinese people.

The video was posted on student activist Drew Pablo’s Twitter account on February 17, and is a young Chinese woman angry and tearing an old and tattered poster from the “Wall of Lennon” on the campus grounds. Showed (probably a student). It was founded by students in 2019 in solidarity with the then democratization rally in Hong Kong.

Pavlou credited this video to Billie Krugelman.

You can hear a man’s voice in a video talking to a woman with a blurred face.

The woman first asked if the camera was on.

“Is your camera turned on? You’re ruining my freedom,” she said in a video.

He replied, “It is permissible to shoot here.”

“I don’t want to show my face,” she continued. “I just want to show that I’m not (fearing) showing my freedom. This is my freedom to ruin this.”

The man calmly answered and asked why he thought it was right to remove the poster.

“I don’t think it’s right, but do you think it’s right to tell these lies to students, especially those teenagers?” She replied.

“I don’t think they are lying,” the man replied. “I don’t think any of them are lies, can you point out that particular one?”

“You don’t think they’re all lies, and I think you have time to figure out what to show here,” she said.

Next, the man points to a partially torn image of the famous “Unnamed Rebel” case, in which he stands in front of a line of tanks during the Tiananmen Square Incident.

“Do you know what happened then?” He asks.

Face the University of Queensland's Hong Kong Wall University
People will post a note on the ad hoc Lennon Wall to support the Hong Kong democratic movement at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on August 9, 2019. (Patrick Hamilton / AFP / Getty Images)

“No, I’m not born yet, so I don’t know about that. It happened 40 to 50 years ago … it happened decades ago,” she replied. “Why are you worried about what happened decades ago? I’m thinking now. I’m thinking about students and teenagers. They will be affected by this wall.”

The man replied that the poster was meant to help people “think twice” about incidents such as the persecution of a Uighur minority in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of western China.

“As far as I know, there are Uighur Muslims in the concentration camps,” the man said.

“Concentration camp. Ha, ha, ha,” the woman replied. “Do you have a prison in Australia? There is a prison in Australia.” Then she ran away.

In a later Twitter post, Pavlow revealed that Lennon’s wall was being reassembled.

“We are not going to accept Chinese government censorship on Australian university campuses,” he says. Written on February 20th..

This is not the first time that the wall of Lennon Wall has been the subject of anger from Chinese students.

In August 2019, shortly after the wall was installed, four masked men were caught in surveillance footage and destroyed the display. The incident occurred just two weeks after a Chinese student caused a violent clash on the university grounds against a democratic supporter in Hong Kong.

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Drew Pavlou, a student and activist at the University of Queensland (UQ), participated in a protest in Brisbane, Australia, on May 30, 2020, in support of Hong Kong outside the Chinese Consulate. (AAP Image / Dan Peled)

Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Written in October 2019 How the concept of nationalism was “hijacked” by the Chinese government to “educate into citizens and diasporas.”

Mr Xu said China’s pride in performance has been distorted to represent “pride in CCP.”

In an interview, Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of Chinese studies at the Sydney Institute of Technology, said, “They also believe that criticisms of Chinese authorities are attacks on Chinese and are motivated by anti-Chinese racism. It was manipulated. ” With the Epoch Times.

Feng talked about how CCP propaganda is even more vulnerable to international students away from their families and networks, primarily when working with WeChat and Chinese associations.

“In fact, they have little contact [local] I’m a student, I’m not involved in local culture, I’m not a member of a local student association, “he wrote in his blog.

Daniel Y. Ten


Daniel Y. Teng is based in Sydney. He focuses on national politics, including federal politics, COVID-19 response, and relations between Australia and China. Do you have a hint? Contact him at [email protected]

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