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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Education Bureau and Police have strongly condemned the organisation of a suspected illegal procession and gathering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) today.

While the university held its online congregation, people who claimed to be CUHK students held a procession and crowd gathering inside the campus without prior application.

In a statement, the bureau said these activities neglected public health risks and possibly violated the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.

It also pointed out that Hong Kong independence messages were displayed and shouted during the events, which could be in violation of the National Security Law.

The bureau reiterated that campuses are not above the law. Students and staff shall abide by the law and not commit acts and engage in activities that harm national security.

Universities also have the responsibility to ensure their operation meets the requirements of the law as well as the interests of students and society as a whole.

The bureau added it supports the university management’s decision to make a report to the law enforcement agency with regard to today’s incident, and its pledge to handle acts of defaming CUHK’s reputation in accordance with the established mechanism.

Police also said they attach great importance to the blatant violation of the National Security Law and criminal damage at the campus.

The force’s National Security Department has taken over the case and investigations are underway.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News