Date
23 September 2017
University classes may be empty later this month as students plan strike for democracy. Photo:BBC
University classes may be empty later this month as students plan strike for democracy. Photo:BBC

HK university students plan ‘last warning’ strike

Hong Kong students have been urged to boycott classes and take to the streets in mid-September to protest against the electoral reform plan put forward by Beijing.

The University of Hong Kong’s student union is calling on its members to sign a “Declaration of the Students’ Strike”.

It also urges lawmakers to veto the universal suffrage proposal for failing to meet international standards.

The strike is “our last warning to the regime,” the union said.

It warns of “stronger disobedience action” if the government continues to act against the public will.

The union also urged all teachers to support the students by not penalizing them for missing classes, and help arrange catch-up tutorial sessions and even to join the strike themselves, Ming Pao reported.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students plans to organize boycotts of classes in universities for five days from September 22.

Sing Ming, an associate professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said the move has the support of 18 scholars after he sent invitation emails to more than 40, according to the report.

“Some professors have decided to shoot videos for classes and play them for absent students, and others plans to teach democratic education lessons,” Sing said.  

Derek Lamson, a member of the student group Scholarism, said he noticed that some middle school students have established strike committees to protest against Beijing’s restrictive election reform plan.

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