Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students talk Basic Law changes

Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students talk Basic Law changes

The student groups want to discuss how Hong Kong's mini-constitution should be altered

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Nathan Law hopes to organise talks in schools and universities.
Nathan Law hopes to organise talks in schools and universities.

Student activist groups Scholarism and Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) said they will discuss how the Basic Law should be modified.

"The Basic Law has been in effect for 18 years now, and it's necessary to examine the articles to see what's not in line with today's society and needs to be modified," said HKFS secretary-general Nathan Law Kwun-chung on Tuesday.

Law said they didn't have concrete plans on how the discussions would be carried out yet, but hoped to organise them in schools and universities.

Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang said he thinks there is nothing wrong with most of the articles in the Basic Law, but when putting them into practice, some of them become distorted.

Janet Choi, a Shue Yan University student, said amending the Basic Law would not help settle society's disputes. She thinks it is more important for opposing parties to reach a compromise.

Law admitted that it would be difficult to modify the Basic Law, but said society could learn about its problems through the discussions.

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung said his group will also talk to students on the street about issues such as using Putonghua to conduct Chinese lessons in schools.

"These are ways to indoctrinate students with their ideology, promoting the Chinese Communist Party's distortion of 'one country, two systems'," said Wong.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Student groups talk Basic Law changes

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