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To enjoy freedom, learn its limits

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The laws are not just for deterrence and punishment, wrote the 18th century enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu, but for public education as well.

The Education Bureau has written to more than 500 secondary schools as well as universities to advise staff and students not to promote Hong Kong independence, join illegal societies, take part in their activities or assist them in any way. Joining groups such as the banned Hong Kong National Party could be considered a criminal offence, it said.

This is not only a long-overdue warning, but a necessary step to make sure students don’t commit to Hong Kong independence. Students should be educated early on the first principle of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the constitutional requirement of the Basic Law, which is that Hong Kong is an inalienable........

© South China Morning Post