Hong Kong churches protest Beijing-sponsored school curriculum

Hong Kong (ENInews) — Some 90,000 Hong Kong people took to the streets on 29 July to urge the government to withdraw a new education curriculum said to be biased in favor of China’s Communist party. About 150 Christian schools said they would refuse to use the course in the new school year. Many demonstrators marched with their children for three to four hours in very hot weather carrying banners and wearing badges that read “no brainwashing.” An adjunct professor of history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Willy Wo-Lap Lam, said the textbooks to be used in the course present “very crude patriotic, nationalistic propaganda,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The movement against the national education courses reflects distrust of the city’s new, pro-Beijing chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, he told the newspaper. [296 words, ENI-12-0442]