University students in Hong Kong have celebrated the district election wins of pro-Beijing district councillors with sarcastic banners.

At the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), students hung a banner on its “Democracy Wall” celebrating the defeat of DAB Party lawmaker and district councillor Elizabeth Quat on Sunday.

“Warm congratulations on the loss of CUHK Council member Dr Elizabeth Quat, who can now focus on school affairs,” the banner said.

The sarcastic banners seen at universities for Priscilla Leung (left) and Elizabeth Quat (right). Photo: Facebook.

Quat was re-elected as a CUHK Council member through the Legislative Council in October.

On Tuesday, dozens of local residents and activists also gathered outside the outgoing councillor’s office on Tuesday night to “celebrate” her defeat.

Elizabeth Quat (left) and Priscilla Leung (right). Photo: Apple Daily and Stand News.

‘Comrade Leung’
Meanwhile, at the City University of Hong Kong, students posted a banner on its “Democracy Wall”, in simplified Chinese, congratulating BPA Party lawmaker and district councillor Priscilla Leung Mei-fun on winning in her constituency, where she beat”umbrella soldier” Yau Wai-ching of Youngspiration.

“Warm congratulations on our school’s excellent teacher, comrade Leung Mei-fun, honorably receiving love from 2,345 Hong Kong pigs in the Whampoa East constituency!” the banner said.

Yau Wai-ching (left). File Photo: Stand News.

On Monday, a Hong Kong-based van calling app decided to charge an extra HK$20 to users who requested vans to the Whampoa East constituency, saying “more than half of the residents in Whampoa East have eyesight problems.”

On Thursday, Priscilla Leung wrote in an op-ed on Ming Pao criticising the company’s action, saying that the company and political commentators who attacked her “did not respect the spirit of democracy” and “viewed the election as a beauty pageant… [and] insulted all female candidates and voters.”

Leung added that the company should “stop insulting and harassing the voters that have cast their ballots.”

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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.