Hong Kong Students Duped Into Joining Army Group, SCMP Says

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Hong Kong Students Duped Into Joining Army Group, SCMP Says

More than 100 Hong Kong students who took part in a ceremony marking the start of a military-style youth organization were told they would be there as spectators, the South China Morning Post reported.

Many of the students who took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association on Jan. 18 were recruited to make the event look good, the newspaper reported Tuesday, citing comments to an online news service made by one student identified as Jackie. Students were told they would get a free People’s Liberation Army uniform if they attended the ceremony, the paper reported.

At the event the uniformed students were presented to a select group of media as volunteers for the group. The youth association is backed by the Hong Kong government and the local PLA garrison. Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, wife of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, is its “commander-in-chief” and attended the event. The oath-taking ceremony was also attended by Zhang Xiaoming, director of China’s liaison office in the city.

The newly created cadet group highlights China’s rising concern with Hong Kong students, who led the unprecedented pro-democracy protests last quarter in an attempt to remove Chinese limits on the city’s election. Leung last week criticized a university publication in his annual policy address for advocating self-determination, and said young people need to be guided better.

“The cadet group was established recently and I believe it can improve transparency in the future, to make the public know the nature of its activities, the group’s vision etc.,” Leung said in remarks to reporters Tuesday in Hong Kong.

The creation of the cadet group doesn’t mean the PLA is interfering in Hong Kong affairs, the city’s Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing told reporters yesterday.


Source: Hong Kong Students Duped Into Joining Army Group, SCMP Says - Bloomberg
 
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I don't think it was right for the group to do it this way should of told the students what was going on and should have been open and honest from the beginning not lie this way. The students were told something else and the group could be investigated if they violated the laws and, could get in trouble for doing this lose the privileges it has because of this. As the group was formed only recently, many do not know about the purpose and also could get confused with what the groups goals are and what can they do for the people.
 
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