Protesters holding yellow umbrellas gather to observe a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of "Umbrella Movement" outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Pro-democracy protesters have retreated from the streets of Hong Kong but education is increasingly becoming a political battleground as students and teachers say academic freedoms are under threat.China's central government and the Hong Kong authorities were unswayed by last year's pro-democracy rallies -- sparked when Beijing insisted on vetting candidates before a public vote on the city's next leader.Activists have since been prosecuted for their involvement in the protests, and many teachers feel the spotlight is now on them.Some political questions on liberal studies exam papers have gone from mandatory to optional, Siu says, with teachers concerned the subject is being watered down.Siu says teachers felt targeted during the democracy protests, which became known as the Umbrella Movement. Former school counselor Hui Lai-ming says she was asked to resign for openly attending last year's protests.- Political appointments -- Tensions have also been running high at Hong Kong University, where council members Tuesday rejected the appointment of liberal law scholar Johannes Chan to a top administrative post.
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