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Thousands of secondary school and college students in Hong Kong announced they would skip classes on Monday, the first day of the new school year, essentially staging a “strike” and adding their numbers to ongoing protests.
The schools from which Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Police Commissioner Stephen Lo graduated are among those affected by the student strike.
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Some of the students held demonstrations right in front of their schools, as reported by the South China Morning Post:
At St Francis’ Canossian College, the Wan Chai alma mater of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, six students donning yellow helmets, goggles and masks knelt in front of the entrance and held placards bearing anti-government messages. They said they hoped Lam would listen to their voices and agree to the protesters’ key demands, including the full withdrawal of the extradition bill.
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Elsewhere, some 50 students at Ying Wa College in Sham Shui Po, the oldest secondary school in Hong Kong, staged a rally outside the school gates, putting up posters with anti-government messages.
Leading chants of “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times”, Bowie Tang, a Form Six student and convenor of the school’s extradition bill concern group, said a full walkout from classes would begin on Tuesday.
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He estimated 30 students would boycott Monday’s opening ceremony and sit at the basketball court.
“The school only approved our planned class boycott tomorrow at our school hall,” he said. “But I am willing to take any disciplinary consequences since I am already taking little risks by not standing at the front line out on the streets today.”
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The protest movement has called upon students to skip school every Monday for the duration of the crisis, a possibility school administrators reportedly view with unease. Some student leaders have said they plan to boycott classes every day for the next...
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