Demand for fair treatment and freedom of speech for ALL UTS students

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August 15th was a sad day because UTS mainland students were treated unfairly by the school security team and supervisors.

8月15日是一个悲伤的日子,因为科技大学的内地学生受到了学校安全团队和管理人员的不公平对待。

In the evening of August 14th, a group of Chinese students expressed their views on the school's newly updated Lennon wall, in exactly the same way as the HongKong students did last time, but their posters were destroyed by security guards just the next morning, which he claimed was based on the authority of the University of Technology Sydney. The rules were not stated when students posted them last night, and they were given permission by security guards that night. The policy was abruptly changed after the supervisor saw the Lennon wall. We did not get any paperwork or email notification during this process. And the posters that mainland students painstakingly produced without any inappropriate remarks were ruthlessly destroyed without any respect.

8月14日晚上,一群中国学生在刚更新了自由言论墙上贴上了海报与字符,以和上个自由言论墙上香港学生的方式一样,但是他们的海报被保安在第二天早上就几乎全撕了,他们声称是悉尼科技大学管理层下的命令。但是昨晚这些学生们在贴上去时并没有任何人说明这些规定,他们当时还得到了安保人员的许可。但是在他们的主管看到自由言论墙后,这项政策突然改变了。在这个过程中,我们没有收到任何书面文件或电子邮件通知。而大陆学生煞费苦心制作的没有任何不当言论的海报被无情地销毁,没有的任何尊重。


Also, at 8.30 am on August 15th, before the poster was torn down, a 'Support One China' comment was taken down by a supervisor claiming to cause hatred. But the words "Free HongKong" had never been torn down before. The mainland students had shown full respect for their freedom of speech. But they didn't be treated as same as HongKong students.  Can I please ask why are students on both sides treated so differently when they express themselves?  Especially in this country which is free to express and share opinions. What's more, there is only one China in the world, which is an objective fact recognized by the United Nations.

此外,8月15日上午8:30,在这幅海报被拆除之前,一名总管声称学生们贴的“Support one China'的字符会引起仇恨,便撕下来了。但“Free HongKong”一词却从未被撕下过。内地学生已经对他们的言论自由表达了充分的尊重。但是他们没有得到同样的对待。我想问一下,为什么双方的学生在表达自己的观点时,会受到如此不同的对待?y尤其是在这个可以自由分享和发表自己意见的国家。同时世界上只有一个中国,这是联合国承认的客观事实。


In addition, on August 12th, a Chinese student told a security supervisor that a message was posted on the wall saying that 'Go back to your China'.The remark made her feel discriminated against. But the supervisor said it's part of free speech. Then the student repeatedly asked if this represented the school's point of view, the supervisor said it was agreed by the school. Fortunately, she finally found another friendly supervisor and he helped her remove it from the wall.

此外,8月12日,一名中国学生告诉一名主管,墙上贴着一条信息,上面写着“滚回你的中国”。这句话使她感到受到歧视。但是主管说这是言论自由的一部分。然后学生反复询问这是否代表了学校的观点,导师说这是学校同意的。幸运的是,她终于找到了另一位友善的主管,他帮她把它从墙上取下来。

On behalf of all students from Chinese background, our freedom of speech has clearly been violated by the double standards applied by some people in UTS. As if we are not entitled to express their view here, or we have less rights within the university. We seek a logical explanation for this obvious act of discrimination in favour of one side and we expect a clarification on how does this act promote democracy?

我代表所有有中国背景的学生,我们的言论自由显然受到了科技大学一些人双重标准的侵犯。好像我们没有权利在这里表达自己的观点,或者我们在大学里的权利更少。我们要求对这一明显的偏袒某一方的歧视行为作出合乎逻辑的解释,我们期望对这一行为如何促进民主作出澄清?

At the same time, we have the following appeals. Firstly, we want those staffs who are involved to be punished. Secondly, we hope that the rules of the Lennon wall can be improved, and what kind of information can't be pasted, we hope there will be detailed rules and not just human judgment. Thirdly, we hope the school can make a public apology to Lennon wall for this unfair incident. We sincerely hope that UTS is not only a university full of democracy but also full of equality, respect and love. We believe this is what Lennon wall wanted to see, to give everyone the right to express their opinions fairly. 

同时,我们还有以下呼吁。首先,我们希望那些涉及此事的员工受到惩罚。其次,我们希望言论自由墙的规则可以完善,什么样的信息不能粘贴,我们希望会有详细的规则,而不仅仅是人类的判断。然后,我们希望学校能够为这次不公平的事件在言论自由墙上公开道歉。我们衷心希望科技大学不仅是一所充满民主的大学,而且是一所充满平等、尊重和爱的大学。我们相信这就是这面墙想要看到的,给每个人公平表达意见的权利。