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Letter to Professors and Teaching/Research Fellows

2019/8/2 — 16:09

【By: anonymous】

Dear professors and teaching/research fellows,

Hong Kong is at a critical juncture. The last two months have seen the largest demonstrations in this city’s history, with millions of people taking to the streets voicing loud and clear five key demands including completely withdrawing the extradition bill and establishing an independent commission to investigate acts of brutality. Unfortunately, with the failing leadership in the government, all demands have fallen on deaf ears. If one believes that protesters have done what they have done because of hate and malicious intentions to "destroy Hong Kong", chances are s/he is very much filled with hate. Quite the contrary, many Hongkongers, from all walks of life, are trying to defend the soul of Hong Kong with courage and determination; it is a fight for a place we call home, with love, because of love. A love so strong that some young people – flesh and blood – are even willing to sacrifice their lives for the future of Hong Kong. More recently, 44 people have been arrested and charged with rioting, an offence punishable by up to ten years in prison. Among them, seven are under the age of 20. To borrow the words of law professor Benny Tai from early this year, if they were to be guilty, they would be guilty of "daring to spread hope at this difficult time".

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The last thing we'd like to see is more bloodshed and rifts in our society. As a scholar, you know well how strikes – be they economic or political – have been used as a powerful, yet oftentimes peaceful, weapon to defend and further the rights and interests of the oppressed in many parts of the world. As an educator, the most profound lesson you can impart to the younger generations is the importance to know right from wrong. Standing with them to let them know they won’t walk alone in this journey of seeking truth and the common good, speaks louder than any grand theories. 

Even though heartless officials, politicians, and other powerhouses have failed Hong Kong time and time again, it's still not too late for us to stand together as one and put up a good fight. I truly hope that you will 

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-support the general strike on August 5 (Monday);
-show understanding for your subordinates and colleagues who will participate in the strike, and promise no retaliation against them; and  
-encourage your counterparts, boss(es), family, and friends to do the same. 

In solidarity and with immense gratitude,

A research assistant who is sometimes disheartened but hanging in there

(because I know you are/will be here with us)

 

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