20 July 2018
Student leader Alex Chow says HKFS will escalate the action if its demands are not met. Photo: HKEJ
Student leader Alex Chow says HKFS will escalate the action if its demands are not met. Photo: HKEJ

Student group to launch boycott on September 22

A Hong Kong student group said a planned class boycott set to start on Sept. 22 could end with a protest at the government headquarters or Tamar Park.

The boycott will last for a week, with students from 14 tertiary institutions taking part to protest an election reform package announced by the National People’s Congress on Aug. 31, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS).

The group is demanding public nomination in the 2017 chief executive election, direct election for the 2016 Legislative Council, the resignations of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and a three-member political reform task force led by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and an official apology from the NPC.

HKFS secretary general Alex Chow said the group will escalate the action if the four demands are not met.

This could include a sit-in protest in Central if there is enough support from students, he said.  

Some academics said the student movement could lose steam if it goes on for more than a week which should be enough time to gauge sentiment toward the political reform proposal.

Also, it’s not clear whether a planned civil disobedience campaign by Occupy Central will take place simultaneously with the student protest, the report said.

Ivan Choy, a political commentator at Chinese University, said students with no political affiliation might be able to win public support for the protest movement.

But if the boycott draws a large number of participants, it could also attract public attention given that there are no opposing forces from the pro-establishment camp, he said.

Meanwhile, pro-Beijing schools such as Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan) have banned their students from taking part in the boycott.

Students have been warned that they could incur absences and demerits if they breach the ban.

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