[Media Release] Last Friday (16 August 2019), around 80 pro-Hong Kong protestors gathered at the University of South Australia City West campus. More than 100 pro-Chinese demonstrators joined them. Pro-Hong Kong demonstrators have reported being threatened and called "traitors" and "cowards" by pro-Chinese demonstrators, and reports from ABC News yesterday (20 August 2019), reveal that a pro-Hong Kong demonstrator has been the target of intimidation on Chinese social media app WeChat.
"Universities are places of free political discourse and respectful debate. USASA supports the right of all students to express their views and to protest peacefully on campus" said USASA President Grace Dixon.
"USASA does not, however, condone the tactics of intimidation or aggression. No student should feel unsafe during their time at UniSA."
Any students feeling uneasy about the current political climate, or needing support can contact UniSA's student counselling services, which are completely confidential, on 1300 301 703, or after hours/on weekends on 1300 107 441.
If you feel unsafe at any time on campus, then please contact campus security on 1800 500 911, which is available 24/7.
Grace Dixon | Student President USASA
Harsh Rana | International Student Representative USASA