After vandals trash Canadian university’s Hong Kong-protest Lennon Wall, student society blasts ‘bullying’ and vows to set up mobile replacement

  • A new wall of messages will be mounted on wheels and locked away at night at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University to thwart repeated vandalism
  • Video shows a young man methodically ripping apart previous messages about the Hong Kong protests, ignoring pleas to stop

South China Morning Post
Date: 3 Aug, 2019
By: Ian Young  

A combination of photos shows a Lennon Wall at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University that once displayed messages in support of the Hong Kong protest movement (left); and a young man destroying the messages, seen in a posted YouTube video (right). Photos: Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists / YouTube
A combination of photos shows a Lennon Wall at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University that once displayed messages in support of the Hong Kong protest movement (left); and a young man destroying the messages, seen in a posted YouTube video (right). Photos: Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists / YouTube[/caption]A combination of photos shows a Lennon Wall at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University that once displayed messages in support of the Hong Kong protest movement (left); and a young man destroying the messages, seen in a posted YouTube video (right). Photos: Vancouver Hong Kong Political Activists / YouTube[/caption]
The student society at a Canadian university has voted to stand up to “bullying” and “harassment” in which a “Lennon Wall” of messages supporting Hong Kong protesters was repeatedly trashed, announcing it will install a mobile version of the wall on wheels to thwart the vandals.

A video posted on YouTube on Wednesday shows a Mandarin-speaking young man methodically ripping apart the wall at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia as someone pleads for him to stop.

“I don’t understand,” says the unseen person making the video. “What did we do wrong? We are just expressing our opinions.”

The vandal responds: “I didn’t say anything. Call security if you like. I’m not scared.”

The response to the wall’s destruction was made late on Thursday after an hours-long meeting of the board of the Simon Fraser University Student Society, the elected body that represents the 25,000-plus undergraduates at the Vancouver-area institution.

The society “stands firmly in support of the right of all Simon Fraser University students to peacefully, respectfully and freely express their views regarding the ongoing political situation in Hong Kong”, says the resolution.    [FULL  STORY]

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