WATCH: Hong Kong student refused diploma after opening yellow umbrella at graduation ceremony

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A Hong Kong student was refused his diploma for opening a yellow umbrella on stage at a graduation ceremony on Saturday (Nov 15). 

The yellow umbrella became a symbol of pro-democracy protests, led by students, which began on Sept 28. 

In the clip, Hong Kong Baptist University's vice-chancellor is seen reprimanding the student before asking him to walk off stage. 

The student obliged by leaving the stage while holding up the opened umbrella.

Students among the audience can be heard voicing their disapproval over the diploma snub.

According to Shanghaiist, students in the audience began opening up yellow umbrellas of their own, enraging the vice-chancellor who postponed the ceremony to the next morning.

Reports said that the next day's graduation ceremony turned out the same way as the vice-chancellor refused to hand over the diplomas again.


Meanwhile, authorities on Tuesday (Nov 18) cleared part of Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy protest camp.

They faced no resistance as they launched the first of several planned evictions to reopen roads blocked for nearly two months.

Dozens of police and bailiffs stood guard on Tuesday as workers dismantled metal barricades blocking access to a skyscraper opposite government headquarters, on the edge of the sprawling main camp in the central Admiralty district. 

Source: Shanghaiist, Apple Daily, AFP

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