Civic Passion lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai will face disciplinary action at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University – where he is a teaching fellow – after he was found guilty of “desecrating” flags in the legislature.

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Cheng was seen flipping miniature desk flags in protest during a legislative session last October. He was found guilty of desecrating the national and regional flags by the Eastern Magistrates’ court last month.

Cheng said at the time that he flipped them upside down because he considered the display of flags at the Legislative Council chamber to be “cheap patriotic acts.”

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Cheng, who is a teaching fellow at the university’s Department of Applied Social Science, said in Facebook post on Friday that he has met with the school’s personnel department.

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photo: PolyU.

“I officially received a notice that the president and senior administration has, in accordance with procedures, set up a ‘disciplinary committee’ to follow up on disciplinary action with regards to the criminal conviction over my national and regional flag desecration case,” Cheng said.

Cheng said that he has not decided whether to lodge an appeal, but the members of the disciplinary committee have confirmed with him that there will be a verdict in around a month.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.