Date
12 December 2017
Robert Chow, the convenor of the alliance, insists that the campaign to report on students boycotting their classes is not a form of white terror. Photo: RTHK
Robert Chow, the convenor of the alliance, insists that the campaign to report on students boycotting their classes is not a form of white terror. Photo: RTHK

Anti-Occupy alliance sets up hotline to fight class boycott

The Alliance for Peace and Democracy, a group opposed to Occupy Central, intends to establish a tip-off hotline to counter a plan by student activists to boycott classes, RTHK reported on Monday.

In a campaign called “Schools and parents join hands to save the children”, the group called on teachers, students and parents to report anyone inciting students to boycott their classes or join the Occupy Central’s civil disobedience campaign, the report said. 

The alliance won’t disclose information provided through the hotline, but if it receives two or more reports on a particular school, it will inform the school principal, its parents-teachers association and the Education Bureau immediately.

It may also consider revealing the name of the school to the public, the report said.

The alliance says the hotline (29493193) is intended to prevent students from being used in the raging dispute over political reform.

Robert Chow, the convenor of the alliance, likens his group’s role to that of the Center for Food Safety, which is to inform the public about the potential harm of certain products and food items and to protect their safety, the report said.

“This is not white terror as we are only reporting to the school that their students are involved in some illegal activities,” Chow said. 

According to the Federation of Students, 15 groups have signed up for the boycott to protest against Beijing’s restrictions on the exercise of universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election. The boycott is set to start on Sept. 22.

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