HK activists use newspaper petition to warn of academic threats

March 30, 2015 11:52 AM

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Activists published a full-page petition in a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong on Monday, warning of growing threats to academic freedom and the educational system amid fears of a broader Chinese clampdown on the former British colony.

The petition is the latest exchange in the battle for Hong Kong's political future. After student-led pro-democracy protests shut down key roads in Hong Kong for 79 days last year, activists have accused the Chinese Communist Party of trying to take a firmer line with educational institutions.

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