bit of Hong Kong demonstration drama unfolded over the weekend at a university graduation ceremony.
Two doctoral graduates at Hong Kong Polytechnic University wore masks when they took the stage to receive their degrees on Sunday. One wore a black mask and the other a surgical white one.
Neither received a customary handshake from university president Teng Jin-guang who instead motioned with his hand for them to leave the stage.
A graduate wore a surgical mask during Polytechnic University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday. As she approached president Teng Jin-guang, he stepped back and gestured for her to leave the stage instead of shaking her hand, like he did with other graduates.
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In a speech afterward, Teng declared that the ongoing protests had caused “much worry” in society and urged all those involved to “enhance communication so that all violence can be halted, our society can break the impasse, and public order can be restored,” according to the South China Morning Post.
Hong Kong’s university students have played a vocal and active roll in the demonstrations that have rocked Hong Kong for the past 21 weeks. In an attempt to help quell the protests, Hong Kong’s government made it illegal to wear masks at rallies at the start of this month.