Date
26 September 2017
These two unnamed students have gone on hunger strike, joining their Scholarism leader Joshua Wong who has been fasting since Monday Photo: SocREC
These two unnamed students have gone on hunger strike, joining their Scholarism leader Joshua Wong who has been fasting since Monday Photo: SocREC

Two more students on hunger strike but govt remains unmoved

Two more protesters have gone on hunger strike, joining student leader Joshua Wong who has been fasting with two others for more than 60 hours.

They are from student activist group Scholarism of which Wong is the founder and convenor.

The group wants the government to reopen talks with student representatives on their democracy demands after the first round ended without progress in October.

Wong, who has been taking only liquids since Monday, said he wants to highlight the government’s continued refusal to hear their concerns.

On Wednesday night, his blood sugar had dropped below normal and he had begun to experience faster heartbeats and dizziness, the report said.

Wong said he will continue his fast as long as he can.

Supporters left messages outside the tents of the hunger strikers. An academic from the Chinese University of Hong Kong kept vigil.     

Meanwhile, the Open University of Hong Kong where Wong studies urged the strikers to end their action, saying they are only damaging their health.

Still, there is no sign the government is open to further dialogue. Last month, it ruled out further talks after accusing the students of hardening their position.

In a statement Wednesday, the Chief Executive’s Office reiterated that any discussion of constitutional reform must be in accordance with the Basic Law.

It said any illegal and confrontational means to achieve that purpose will fail.

In response, Isabella Lo, one of the hunger strikers, said the students are not being unrealistic but the government simply does not want to deal with the reality.

The students, who have been driving the two-month-old street protests, want the government to relaunch public consultations on Beijing’s proposed framework for the 2017 chief executive election.

Most Hong Kong people and many of the students’ supporters want them to end the street protests which have been marred by violence in recent days.  

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