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Masked demonstrators have organized a demonstration to protest against financing agreements between Australian universities and educational organizations funded by the Chinese government
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Masked demonstrators have organized a demonstration to protest against financing agreements between Australian universities and educational organizations funded by the Chinese government.

A number of demonstrators covered their faces while they flew on Wednesday with the University of Queensland on St. Lucia, in Brisbane.

& # 39; The world needs truthfulness, compassion and tolerance & # 39 ;, read a sign.

Organizers Transparency 4 UQ said that up to 500 people had expected to come to the rally.

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Masked demonstrators have organized a demonstration to protest against financing agreements between Australian universities and educational organizations funded by the Chinese government

Masked demonstrators have organized a demonstration to protest against financing agreements between Australian universities and educational organizations funded by the Chinese government

A number of demonstrators covered their faces while they flew on Wednesday with the University of Queensland on St. Lucia, in Brisbane

A number of demonstrators covered their faces while they flew on Wednesday with the University of Queensland on St. Lucia, in Brisbane

A number of demonstrators covered their faces while they flew on Wednesday with the University of Queensland on St. Lucia, in Brisbane

& # 39; What do we want? & # 39; a demonstrator shouted through a megaphone.

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& # 39; Transparency, & # 39; the crowd answered.

& # 39; When do we want it? & # 39;

& # 39; Now! & # 39;

The organizers said the demonstration was held to protest agreements reportedly signed by Australian universities supporting the Beijing authority on teaching at Chinese government-funded education centers.

Organizers say that UQ did not disclose what they & # 39; secret contracts & # 39; for the Confucius Institute.

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Contracts with some Australian universities and Hanban, which runs the Confucius Institutes, state that they must accept & # 39; the assessment of the (Confucius Institute) headquarters on the quality of education & # 39; in their centers.

The contracts affect the University of Queensland, Griffith University, La Trobe University and Charles Darwin University.

Following the reports, UQ said the contract with Hanban expired in April and is currently negotiating the terms in the latest agreement to ensure the autonomy of the university in relation to the Confucius Institute and all courses and projects it offers & # 39 ;.

Griffith University, La Trobe and CDU say they are satisfied that there is no interference or influence on their autonomy of Hanban on their campuses.

After the protest, the University of Queensland told Daily Mail Australia that it was open to students exercising their freedom of expression.

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& # 39; Today's protest shows that robust freedom of expression is alive and good on campus.

& # 39; We would like to thank those who have expressed their opinion peacefully and respectfully. We are grateful to the police and security personnel for their help in providing a safe environment for demonstrators. & # 39;

The student protest comes after a violent collision between Hong Kong and pro-China protesters at the university last week.

The organizers said the demonstration was held to protest agreements allegedly signed by Australian universities supporting the Beijing authority on teaching at Chinese government-funded education centers

The organizers said the demonstration was held to protest agreements allegedly signed by Australian universities supporting the Beijing authority on teaching at Chinese government-funded education centers

The organizers said the demonstration was held to protest agreements allegedly signed by Australian universities supporting the Beijing authority on teaching at Chinese government-funded education centers

Organizers say that UQ did not disclose what they & # 39; secret contracts & # 39; call for the Confucius Institute (in the photo, the police address a man during the protest at the University of Queensland)
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Organizers say that UQ did not disclose what they & # 39; secret contracts & # 39; call for the Confucius Institute (in the photo, the police address a man during the protest at the University of Queensland)

Organizers say that UQ did not disclose what they & # 39; secret contracts & # 39; call for the Confucius Institute (in the photo, the police address a man during the protest at the University of Queensland)

Video captured the initially peaceful sit-in in violence when pro-china activists were able to verbally abuse protesters, tear their signs and push them.

Protester Drew Pavlou told The courier post pro-Chinese students had attacked his group during a & # 39; peaceful sit-in & # 39 ;.

& # 39; We have been attacked four or five times by Communist Party students & # 39 ;, he said on Facebook.

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& # 39; I was actually beaten in the head by two or three ultra-nationalistic Chinese students, the police are currently talking to them. & # 39;

The protest was organized after recent events in Hong Kong, where protesters gathered against the influence of Beijing – with the territory just days away from potential political chaos.

The majority of the mostly peaceful protests surround a controversial law that would make extradition to China possible.

The Chinese Consulate General in Brisbane has issued a statement in which & # 39; the spontaneous patriotic behavior of Chinese students & # 39; praised after the collision.

After the reports, UQ said the contract with Hanban expired in April and is currently negotiating the terms of the latest agreement to ensure university autonomy in connection with the Confucius Institute and all the courses and projects it offers. 39; (photo, police check the identity card of a man during the protest)

After the reports, UQ said the contract with Hanban expired in April and is currently negotiating the terms of the latest agreement to ensure university autonomy in connection with the Confucius Institute and all the courses and projects it offers. 39; (photo, police check the identity card of a man during the protest)

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After the reports, UQ said the contract with Hanban expired in April and is currently negotiating the terms of the latest agreement to ensure university autonomy in connection with the Confucius Institute and all the courses and projects it offers. 39; (photo, police check the identity card of a man during the protest)

The student protest comes after a violent collision between Hong Kong and pro-Chinese protesters at the university last week (photo, police inspect the identification card of another man)

The student protest comes after a violent collision between Hong Kong and pro-Chinese protesters at the university last week (photo, police inspect the identification card of another man)

The student protest comes after a violent collision between Hong Kong and pro-Chinese protesters at the university last week (photo, police inspect the identification card of another man)

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