Hong Kong university students travelling in Tibet were released after being detained by mainland public security officers for two days at Mount Everest’s Tibet base camp, according to local media source HK01.
A total of 10 students were detained; eight were from the University of Hong Kong, and the other two from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University.
According to a Weibo post by the Tibet Autonomous Region Security Bureau’s Cyber Security Force on Monday, one of the students - a male Hongkonger surnamed Cheung - was found taking pictures while holding an A4-sized piece of paper which read “Liberate Hong Kong” on August 23 at about 8pm.
Other tourists who witnessed it tried to dissuade him from doing this, and later reported it to the police.
“After investigation, it was confirmed that the man’s behaviour had violated regulations on The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security. The public security institution warned him according to law,” read the Weibo post.
The statement added that Cheung had admitted his wrongdoing and promised he would respect and never break the Chinese law again. He was released immediately after signing a statement of repentance. The nine people who travelled with Cheung were also released after being proved innocent of any wrongdoing.
The incident was brought to public attention after Hong Kong University Students’ Union’s Facebook community page Campus TV shared a video circulating on Weibo on Friday night, showing current HKU students at the Mount Everest base camp being held by public security officers.