An outspoken pro-Beijing politician from Hong Kong was stripped of a diploma by a British university because of his remarks about anti-government protests in the city.
Junius Ho, member of the Legislative Council of the city, is famous for making sensational political comments.
The 57-year-old led to controversy in July after he was caught on camera praising suspicious triad members for beating demonstrators at a train station.
This month he insulted a female pro-democracy legislator whose husband is British by saying that she usually ate & # 39; foreign sausage.
Junius Ho (photo in August) has been stripped of his honorary doctorate by his alma mater in the UK. Anglia Ruskin University said that Mr. Ho & # 39; s behavior has led to increasing concern & # 39;
Ho was started earlier this month from a meeting in the Legislative Council of the city after insulting pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo (photo). He accused her of eating & # 39; usually eating foreign sausage &, referring to the fact that Mrs. Mo is married to an Englishman
The legislator – no stranger to drama – also had to face investigation in 2017 after he claimed that the city's pro-independence activists & # 39; merciless & # 39; had to be killed.
He described the withdrawal as & # 39; political repression in public & # 39 ;.
Mr. Ho received an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in 2011, who at the time described him as & # 39; a top name in law that has achieved great success & # 39 ;.
But the institute confirmed today that it had withdrawn Mr. Ho's degree because his behavior had led to growing concern.
The university said: & # 39; The honors from ARU should be positive role models for our students, alumni and staff, and for the communities we serve. & # 39;
It added: & # 39; Mr. Ho's behavior since he was honored has led to increasing concern. After an investigation, the university withdrew Ho's honorary doctorate. & # 39;
The university did not state which incidents or comments led to the decision.
However, last week Liverpool's crossbench peer Lord Alton wrote at the university, demanding that the institute withdraw the Ho degree.
Benedict Rogers, chairman of the British human rights group Hong Kong Watch, shared the letter from Lord Alton on Twitter.
According to Mr. Rogers' message, Lord Alton quoted the description of Hong Kong by Mr. Ho activist Joshua Wong as & # 39; an extremist who was chosen to be Leg Co only because of Beijing's support.
He also pointed out that Mr. Ho & # 39; triad attackers had congratulated shameful violence & # 39 ;.
Lord Alton referred to a brutal attack at the end of July by alleged triad members against democracy protesters at a train station in Yuen Long.
An online video with the intention of showing Ho that he shakes hands with the suspect gang members after the attack and praises them as his & # 39; heroes & # 39 ;.
The pro-Beijing legislator saw the alleged attackers applauding in white shirts, thumbs up and saying "thank you for your hard work".
One video would show pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho (above) shaking hands with a gang member after a horrific attack on anti-government protesters at a Yuen Long train station in July. Mr. Ho can be heard in the video praising the suspects as his & # 39; heroes & # 39;
Rogers, a human rights activist specializing in Asia, supported the university's decision.
He said: & # 39; Anglia Ruskin University made just the right decision and responded with impressive speed. I welcome their decision. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Junius Ho & # 39; s long-standing record of hate, racist, intolerant, violent speech, sometimes with genocidal tones, is completely unacceptable and no respectable attitude should be associated with him, let alone Honor him. & # 39;
Ho claimed that the allegations of Lord Alton were untrue.
& # 39; He only heard hearing and didn't investigate the facts carelessly & # 39 ;, he said to China & # 39; s state-run Global Times and called the incident & # 39; sorry & # 39 ;.
He also threatened legal actions.
In a statement about China's Twitter-like Weibo in China, Mr. Ho expressed his disappointment at the university and claimed that he had withdrawn his diploma without checking with him the allegations of Lord Alton.
Mr. Ho received an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in 2011 (photo). The university described him as & # 39; a top name in law that has achieved great success & # 39;
& # 39; The House of Lords member brutally intervened and publicly pressed the university to undermine the freedom of expression a Chinese Hong Konger enjoys through the (Hong Kong) Basic Law, & # 39; Ho wrote in reference to Lord Alton's complaint.
& # 39; This is political repression in the openness and abuse of academic freedom and autonomy. & # 39;
& # 39; My behavior and comments reflect the truth and facts and (I) dare to fight the separatists and hanjians of Hong Kong, & # 39; Mr. Ho added, with a different term for race traitors from the Han Chinese.
Riot police are fighting against demonstrators during a demonstration against alleged police violence on Sunday. Hong Kong has been battered by almost five months of protests against democracy
City councilor Carrie Lam said today that there would be no political solution to the end of the violent protests. & # 39; For the government to take measures that will appease the violent rioters, I don't think that's the solution, & Mrs. Lam told reporters.
Ho said it was heartbreaking for him to see that academic repression and political dishonesty had taken place in the UK, where democracy was paramount.
Earlier this month, Mr. Ho was evicted from a meeting in the Legislative Council of the city after claiming that Claudio Mo, a legislator from the camp for democracy, was used to eating foreign sausage.
The term is a common insult in Cantonese against women who have romantic relationships with foreign men.
Mrs. Mo is married to Philip Bowring, a renowned British journalist who has been reporting from Asia for almost 40 years.
She mentioned Mr. Ho & # 39; s description of her & # 39; clearly sexist and racist & # 39 ;.
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