Date
17 December 2017
Chow Ka-ho, 17, had a tooth knocked out when he was attacked by an unknown assailant while promoting a class boycott. Photo: RTHK
Chow Ka-ho, 17, had a tooth knocked out when he was attacked by an unknown assailant while promoting a class boycott. Photo: RTHK

High school student promoting boycott hurt in attack

A high school student was injured after he was attacked by a man while distributing fliers promoting a class boycott, according to RTHK. 

Chow Ka-ho, 17, from Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School, suffered a broken tooth after he was hit by the attacker outside the Tai Wai railway station early Thursday morning.

Chow said he was on a loudspeaker when the man struck it, knocking out part of a tooth.  

The man left after the incident. The police received a report about the attack shortly after but no arrests have been made.

Chow said his school is supporting a four-day-old boycott by university students, adding his group will not be cowed “no matter what we suffer”.

Cheung Man-wai, principal of Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School, denounced the attack and said people with differing views should respect each other. 

Cheung said the school does not encourage its students to join a class boycott on Friday — or discourage them — but will assign two male teachers to protect them.

He said those who want to attend any protest must first get permission from their parents. 

In a statement, student activist group Scholarism criticized the attack and urged witnesses to come forward.

It called on the community to respect people who may have different political views, including those taking part in the boycott.

The group said it will continue its protest outside government headquarters on Friday after receiving no objections from the police.

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