Statement of Support for Students Arrested at Chater Road Sit-In

The School of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong is committed to instilling the values of independent, critical thinking along with active engagement in the social, cultural, and political life of Hong Kong. The School upholds the values of freedom of opinion and expression, both in private and in public.

In light of the recent mass arrests at a peaceful demonstration by student activists at Chater Road, including students of the University of Hong Kong and the School of Humanities, the following members of the School wish to voice their strong support and solidarity with those arrested. We are proud that so many Hong Kong students are devoting their time and energy to pursuing non-violent protests that express their wish for a more open and democratic society.

We will continue to offer moral and practical support to all such students in their continuing efforts to pursue their desire for political transformation in Hong Kong.

Members of the School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong:

Prof Timothy O’Leary (Head of School); Dr Sze Wei Ang; Dr Umberto Ansaldo; Prof John Carroll; Dr Esther Cheung; Prof David Clarke; Dr Peter Cunich; Dr Max Deutsch; Dr Chris Fraser; Dr Roz Hammers; Emeritus Prof Chad Hansen; Dr Yeewan Koon; Dr Joe Lau; Dr Michelle Li; Dr Opher Mansour; Prof Gina Marchetti; Prof Stephen Matthews; Dr David McCarthy; Dr David Pomfret; Dr Priscilla Roberts; Dr Dan Robins; Dr Mirana Szeto; Dr Dan Vukovich; Dr Johanna Wolff; Prof Xu Guoqi; Dr Winnie Yee.


Chinese translation:

支持於遮打道靜坐被捕學生之聲明

香港大學人文學院一向致力推廣獨立思考及批判思維,並提倡積極參與香港社會、文化、和政治事務。無論是公共領域還是私人空間的言論自由和表達自由,皆為人文學院一直堅守的價值。

日前在遮打道舉行的學生和平示威活動中,有大批人士被捕,其中有香港大學,包括人文學院的學生。有鑑於此,學院的下列成員冀藉此聲明聲援和支持學生。香港學生奉獻自己的時間和精力,以非暴力的途徑表達他們對開放和民主社會的渴求,對此我們深感自豪。我們將提供道義和實質支持,協助學生繼續追求香港的政治改革。