After two years of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) National Security Law in Hong Kong, citizens’ lives have entirely changed. Hong Kongers are now immersed in a world of prohibitions, obedience, and repression due to the law that criminalizes any act of secession, subversion, or undermining the power or authority of the central government, among others. Since then, every inhabitant has been under suspicion of violating these provisions and is under the watchful eyes of the CCP.
The Hong Kong government, apparently this year, is set to extend its surveillance and indoctrination plan in schools and, for this reason, also requires foreign, English-speaking teachers to pay allegiance to the CCP; otherwise, they will be dismissed, Vision Times reported.
Hong Kong officials this month informed foreign English teachers in public schools that they must submit their declarations of loyalty to the government and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
The Office of Education explained that any “negligence, refusal or failure” would result in immediate dismissal.
In this context of loyalty, schools at all levels implemented a special subject called “national security education.” In addition, teachers are forbidden to teach topics such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
This new “educational” subject covers three key topics: Hong Kong, under “one country, two systems,” China’s reform and opening up, and the interconnectedness and interdependence of the contemporary world, reported South China Morning Post.
Scientia High School principal Wong Ching-yung, who attended a briefing, said the CCP would control teacher performance, manpower deployment, and the library.
Teachers are under tremendous pressure because they must prove their loyalty, which means accepting not only the CCP’s stock but its ideology, supporting all policies of persecution, mass re-education camps, book seizures, and forced confessions for their beliefs, among other methods to subdue society.
As in schools, universities also suffer censorship and repression. Pro-democracy professors are dismissed. In July 2020, the University of Hong Kong fired academic and activist Professor Benny Tai. In August 2020, Baptist University terminated the contract of social worker, pro-democracy and former legislator Shiu Ka-chun, HRW.org reported.
In addition, the professors suffered intimidation from Chinese government-owned newspapers. For example, they accused Lee Ching-kwan, a University of Science and Technology professor, of “advocating independence” after she posted a speech at a forum saying, “Hong Kong belongs to the world.” Academics also said they are being monitored from their cell phones and students in class.
In June 2020, education authorities disqualified two teachers for speaking about Hong Kong’s independence in class. Six more teachers were criminally dismissed for their participation in the 2019 demonstrations.
Teachers are also constantly threatened for their “professional misconduct.” This is the case of an art teacher who lost his job after being accused of misconduct for his political drawings, which criticized police abuse and other rights violations in Hong Kong.
In April 2020, the CCP required schools to teach children about the National Security Law and instituted National Security Education Day in all schools. Children learned with toy machine guns and boarded a model Hong Kong subway train, reenacting one of the most violent scenes of the 2019 protests, when police boarded a subway train, beat pepper-sprayed protesters and passengers, and pointed guns at them.
Brainwashing centers in China
In China, the CCP applies terrible methods to gain the obedience and loyalty of the population. For example, it even created re-education centers or labor camps, where people are subjected to brainwashing, Amnesty.org reported.
People taken to these centers are detained for their political or religious beliefs or personal activities and, through torture, are forced to renounce their beliefs and cease their activities.
These “brainwashing centers” are officially known as “legal education classes” where, for example, practitioners of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, are forced to renounce their beliefs, often through torture.
Detainees are brutally beaten, often with electric batons, denied food, subjected to simulated drowning, injected with unknown drugs, and suffer terrible other torture methods.
Mr. Liu Guoliang was an art teacher at Harbin Middle School No. 31. In 1999, when the persecution of Falun Gong began, he and his wife Wang Fenglan, also a Falun Gong practitioner, went to Beijing to appeal against the illegal persecution. Both were arrested, beaten, and fined. After being released, they were arrested, on another occasion, for going to Beijing again to appeal. Liu was sent to Changlinzi Re-education Camp, and Wang was sent to Wanjia Re-education Camp, Minghui.org reported.
In Changlinzi Re-education Camp, Liu went on a hunger strike in protest. The police asked the prisoners to force-feed him, and Liu was forced to squat inside a small cage. In prison, Liu caught scabies, and his leg became so infected that the bone was almost visible.
In 2002, after his release, he was harassed by the police at his home until the Harbin Daowai Police Department again arrested him; 6 months later, he was sentenced to four years in prison. The police asked him to sign a statement against Falun Dafa, but instead, he wrote: “Falun Dafa is good, I will persist, I will continue to practice until the end. The authorities added an additional year to his sentence. During his detention in Hulan Prison, police prohibited his family members from visiting him.
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese discipline of the Buddha school centered on Truth-Benevolence-Tolerance, consisting of 5 qigong exercises. In 1999, after learning that there were more Falun Gong practitioners than CCP members, former President Jiang Zemin launched a campaign of persecution, which continues today.