Date
23 September 2017
Schoolchildren are guided by minders after classes were suspended in three districts Monday. Photo: HKEJ
Schoolchildren are guided by minders after classes were suspended in three districts Monday. Photo: HKEJ

Classes suspended in three districts amid protest

Classes are suspended in three districts amid a blockade by Occupy Central of Hong Kong’s main financial and business district.

School authorities made the announcement at 3 a.m. Monday after protesters clashed with police overnight, resulting in dozens of arrests and a number of injuries on both sides.

The class suspension covers kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Wan Chai, Central and Western districts.

The Education Bureau said it made the decision after assessing transport problems in this area as a result of the occupation of Central by the protesters.

It said parents should keep their children at home during the suspension.

Schools in the affected districts have been instructed to remain open and make arrangements to ensure the safety of students who might turn up.

Those in other areas have been told to be flexible if students are absent or turn up late.

Occupy Central organizers launched their long-awaited sit-in protest on Sunday, building on a growing student movement that had entered a seventh day outside government headquarters.   

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union accused authorities of heavy-handedness after police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters

The union called on its members to boycott classes and stop teaching to protest police violence. Details of the action are expected soon.

The Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, a pro-Beijing teachers’ group, said teachers should remain in their posts.

It said teachers should not politicize schools and should express their views in a s sensible and professional manner.

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Protesters shield themselves with umbrellas after police used tear gas and pepper spray to try to disperse them. Photo: AFP


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