The following post by writer Shiqi Jinzhi ( 十七进制) about how some students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) greeted female astronaut Liu Yang (刘洋) and other visiting Chinese astronauts with signs that read “Get Out!”, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 6:12pm on August 15, 2012. Shiqi Jinzhi currently has just over 11,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. Apple Daily reported on August 15 that some CUHK students had carried signs protesting the astronauts’ visit to the university in the midst of the ongoing controversy over proposed “patriotic education” in the territory, but there was in fact very little coverage of the dissenting CUHK students in local Hong Kong media. Positive coverage of the visit to the university is available from China Daily here. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].
Shiqi Jinzhi’s post follows:

[Hong Kong university students do no love their country, and SAY “Get out” to Chinese cosmonauts]. Cosmonaut Liu Yang and two other male cosmonauts visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong with [mainland] officials, and the students met the group with shouts of, “Get out!” Hong Kong people are really put off. It’s said that Olympic athletes from the mainland will also visit Hong Kong. Picture: The deputy head of the cosmonaut group (in the foreground wearing grey) faces university students shouting “get out” and holding up signs that say “Get Out!”. (Looking for confirmation)

The following is the original Chinese post:

【香港大学生不爱国,对中国航天员团SAY“滚吧”】航天员刘洋和另外两位男性航天员以及官员一行到达香港中文大学,大学生面对该团高喊“滚吧”。港人挺反感,据说内地奥运会的运动员又要去港。图片:中国航天员团副团长(前灰色背影)面对大学生“滚吧”牌子和齐声高喊“滚吧”。 电视截图(求消息真伪)

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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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