Hong Kong Teacher Association Stops Under Government Pressure

Hong Kong‘s largest trade union, the Association of Professional Teaches, raises itself because of the tremendous pressure from the authorities, which in every way suppress the prodemocratic movement.

Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU) Chairman Fung Wai-wah said that after long discussions, the board unanimously decided that the work has become impossible.

The HKPTU‘s decision follows past month coverage in Chinese state media such as the People’s Daily and the Xinhua News Agency. In it, the bond was called a โ€œtoxic tumorโ€ that needs to be removed.

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The union played an important role in pro-democratic protests. Although the organization was considered rather moderate, the government accused the union of having played a key role and encouraged young people to take the streets.

Since March 2019, there has been massive demonstrations against China‘s growing influence. A controversial security law was introduced in 2020. The new law prohibits, among other things, the pursuit of secession, foreign interference and โ€œstate-undermining activitiesโ€ in Hong Kong.

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Sovereignty over the former British crown colony was handed over to China in 1997. Under the motto ‘one country, two systems‘, Hong Kong held a great degree of independence. In recent years, however, freedoms have been reversed in all areas, and since the Security Act was introduced, this has been happening to a greater extent.

Since then, foreign media reports about teachers in Hong Kong who have seen their lessons change. Among other things, they said the curriculum was changed and schools were getting new textbooks from China. At the end of June, the newspaper had to stop Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s few critical media, even under pressure from the Chinese government. In July, the former editor-in-chief of the prodemocratic newspaper was arrested.

The HKPTU was founded in 1973 and counted 95,000 members.