Joint Statement from Concerned University of Queensland Alumni Against the Recent Violent Clash and Intervention of Lawful Free Speech at University Ground
As concerned alumni of the University of Queensland, we strongly condemn the violent and vandalizing acts that occurred on Market Day, 24th July 2019. The University is a safe arena for ideas to flourish and to nurture freedom of thought and expression; the Sit-in to support the current political crisis in Hong Kong surrounding the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 (Fugitive Offenders Ordinance Bill) should not be faced with verbal and physical assault from parties with differing opinions.
Students should be able to agree to disagree and resolve differences in a civilised manner in alignment with the university’s core value of mutual respect and diversity. As alumni of the university, we hereby denounce all acts of violence and intervention of lawful free speech.
We are grateful to the current students of their continued support with regards to the recent developments in Hong Kong; raising awareness of the issue with the university community. We hereby express our utmost support to their peaceful movement and their right to freedom of expression.
Lastly, we urge the Hong Kong government to respond to public opinions and actively propose actions to address society's concerns as a matter of public urgency, including those arising as a result of the proposed Fugitive Offenders Ordinance Bill.