Date
13 December 2017
Alex Chow (middle), head of the Federation of Students says there are only two ways to go and that is for Beijing to change its decision and for Hong Kong democracy groups to hit back relentlessly. Photo: HKEJ
Alex Chow (middle), head of the Federation of Students says there are only two ways to go and that is for Beijing to change its decision and for Hong Kong democracy groups to hit back relentlessly. Photo: HKEJ

Student group sets week-long class boycott

A student group is planning a week-long class boycott to protest Beijing’s election reform package for the 2017 Hong Kong chief executive election, government broadcaster RTHK reported Monday.

The action could take place in mid-September and the group will later decide whether to widen the protest.   

Federation of Students head Alex Chow told RTHK that there are only two ways to resolve the matter — for Beijing to change the decision and for Hong Kong democracy groups to “hit back relentlessly”.

Joseph Sung, vice chancellor of the Chinese University, said the school respects students’ freedom of speech and how they express their views, the report said.

However, he said they should be “calm and sensible” and respect others who choose not to participate.

Secretary for Education Ng Hak-kim said students have the right to express their views but he would not encourage nor support a class boycott or any illegal activity.

Ng discouraged teachers from attending the protest, the report said.

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