Date
20 September 2017
Students gather on the grounds of the Chinese University of Hong Kong at the start of a week-long class boycott. Photo: RTHK
Students gather on the grounds of the Chinese University of Hong Kong at the start of a week-long class boycott. Photo: RTHK

Student protesters demand Leung meeting

Student protesters want Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to come out and listen to their demands, hours after launching a week-long class boycott Monday.

They are threatening to extend the action if the government does not respond, public broadcaster RTHK reported, citing Alex Chow, general secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.

In an open letter, the students said Leung should be held to his election promise to listen to the public and demanded he meet with them on Tuesday in Tamar Park near the central government offices.

About 13,000 people including university and high school students, teachers and citizens, joined a sit-in-protest in the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday to oppose Beijing’s restrictive framework for electing Hong Kong’s next chief executive, the report said.

The students came from more than 20 universities and colleges. They were joined by volunteers who distributed yellow ribbons.

More than 240 students from the University of Hong Kong arrived in four tourist buses, according to student union president Leung Lai-Kwok.

At Hong Kong College of Technology, about 30 students joined the boycott. They were mostly sent to distribute yellow ribbons and flyers.

The students are protesting Beijing’s proposed election framework announced last month by the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament.

They said the proposal maintains arrangements that “shut the door for universal suffrage” against the will of 800,000 citizens who voted for genuine democracy in an unofficial referendum.

In a statement, the government said it respects the students’ action and their right to fight for democracy.

It said it will soon start a new round of consultation on the electoral reform proposal and urged Hong Kong people to take the opportunity to directly elect their next leader by one man, one vote.

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A section of the crowd is shown while student leaders speak on the stage. Photo: Now TV


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