Date
19 September 2017
Joshua Wong distributes leaflets urging secondary students to join a one-day boycott of classes. Photo: Facebook
Joshua Wong distributes leaflets urging secondary students to join a one-day boycott of classes. Photo: Facebook

Student leaders start drumming up support for class boycott

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, convenor of student group Scholarism, on Friday started drumming up support for a one-day boycott of classes to protest Beijing’s electoral reform package, RTHK reported.

Wong led around 100 students from 30 schools in distributing leaflets in different parts of the city, calling on secondary school students to join the strike.

He will convene a press conference at Tamar park on Saturday afternoon to announce the date and other details of the protest action. Scholarism said all participants should inform their parents about the class boycott, and they would gather in several public places on the day of the strike.

James Lam Yat-fung, chairman of the Hong Kong Subsidized Secondary Schools Council, said the students have shown “restraint” by deciding to stage the protest action outside the campuses as they don’t want to turn the school into a political arena.

Lam said secondary schools are grappling with a number of issues, such as insufficient number of students and teacher-student ratio, and students would like to recommend ways to address these issues.

He said the council will not take a stand on the issue of class boycott, and individual schools should decide for themselves if teachers will be allowed to wear badges or show support to the mass action.

Ip Kin-yuen, chief executive of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, said they do not encourage students to participate in the strike but will respect their decision. Also, students should consider the consequences of their action and submit a permission letter signed by their parents to the school.

However, Ip disagreed with a move by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy to set up a hotline where people can report students and schools who will join the Occupy Central campaign, saying the group is manipulating the students and using them as political tools.

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