ANU shifts pro-Hong Kong democracy event due to ‘security concerns’

The Australian National University forced a pro-Hong Kong democracy event to relocate to a campus bar just hours before it was to start due to “security concerns” because it was the “sort of event people protest against”.

Jeremy Tam, a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, Lee Cheuk-yan, a former Legislative Council member, and Eric Yan-ho Lai, an organiser involved in some of the largest protests in Hong Kong, were slated to appear at an event billed as a “conversation with Hong Kong activists”.

Jeremy Tam, a member of the Hong Kong legislative council, was forced to give his speech in a campus bar. Credit:Steven Siewert

The group were in Canberra for a series of meetings with federal politicians, including prominent Liberal backbenchers MP Tim Wilson and Senator James Paterson.

An hour and a half before the event was scheduled to start, Dr Cathy Day, a National Tertiary Education Union division secretary who had helped organise it, said she received a call from the ANU’s facilities team.


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