Date
26 September 2017
Thousands of students attended lectures by pro-democracy scholars in Hong Kong's Admiralty district on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ
Thousands of students attended lectures by pro-democracy scholars in Hong Kong's Admiralty district on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

Students pack Tamar Park for ‘democracy sessions’

Up to 4,000 students and citizens attended the “democracy sessions” at Tamar Park in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district during lunch hour and in the evening on Tuesday, Apple Daily reported.

Students from 25 tertiary education institutions who participated in a classroom boycott in a pro-democracy campaign were seen wearing yellow ribbons as they proceeded to the government headquarters from the Admiralty train station.

A total of 21 lecturers were given by academics who were supporting the students’ movement.

Chow Po-chung, an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who was among the most well-received speakers on stage Tuesday, was quoted as saying that he was impressed with the atmosphere  and that it was like the Hyde Park in London. Chow said he invited the students to sit on the lawn in order to have them closer to the stage.

Wearing school uniform and sitting on the lawn to attend the lectures, a form four student from St Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School in Choi Hung said he had skipped a whole day of school, with the consent of his parents and after having informed the school authorities.

The student, who gave his surname as Leung, said he seldom joined any demonstration in the past. But now, the Chinese parliament’s decision on the Hong Kong chief executive election system has made him angry and prompted him to join the protest, he said.

Ah-man, who works for a financial company in Central, came to the site after work to show his support for the students. “The students are boycotting classes for justice, there will be no future for Hong Kong if we don’t show our support,” he said. He plans to join the students after work every evening this week.

James Hon, a retired teacher and spokesman for the League in Defense of Hong Kong Freedom, said the reason why the government withdrew the national education proposals in 2012 was not because of a hunger strike by activists, but because of strong opposition from the general public. People must now support the students in their latest campaign, he said.

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