Students form human chains, urging govt to meet 'all 5' demands

September 06, 2019 17:50
Students and alumni of King’s College in Mid-Levels stand next to each other in a protest action on Thursday, urging the government to meet all the demands of the public in the wake of the extradition bill fiasco. Photo: RTHK

Students and alumni from secondary schools in Hong Kong continued to stage protests on Thursday and Friday, forming human chains and sending a message to the government that it should meet the other demands of the public and not just stop at withdrawing the extradition bill.

In Kowloon Tong, about 200 students and alumni formed human chains at 7 am Friday outside secondary schools in the area.

Wearing dark clothes and face masks, the protest involved current and former pupils from La Salle College, Maryknoll Convent School, Bishop Hall Jubilee School, Jockey Club Government Secondary School, and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Fut Nam College.

Elsewhere, a human chain comprising students and alumni from Diocesan Boys’ School in Mong Kok was observed the same morning. Some 400 people once gathered outside the school.

On Hong Kong Island, students from St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay and St. Louis School in West Point formed human chains outside their school campuses in the morning.

A similar protest activity was also seen near Tai Po Market MTR Station in Tai Po. About 100 students and alumni from secondary schools in the district participated in the event.

At 1 pm on Friday, nearly 500 students, faculty and staff from the Chinese University of Hong Kong formed a human chain at the University Mall in the campus.

The protest activities, an extension of the city-wide class boycotts that began on Monday, came after Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Wednesday that she was pulling the controversial fugitives bill but was not accepting the other four demands of the people, which include an independent inquiry into police conduct.

On Thursday, outside King’s College, a government secondary school located in Hong Kong's Mid-Levels area, more than 100 of its students and alumni formed a human chain, chanting the slogan “Liberate Hong Kong; revolution of our times” and singing the school anthem.

Human chains were also seen yesterday outside four secondary schools in Tuen Mun, with the participating students showing support to the many young demonstrators who were arrested in the wake of the extradition bill protests since June.

Calling on authorities to make further concessions, the students said they want all the five key demands to be met, and "not one less".

On the campus of the University of Hong Kong, medical students and those from the department of nursing formed a human chain and urged the government to rein in the police.

Denouncing the police for excessive use of force against demonstrators, the students also accused the officers of blocking medical aid to injured protesters.

In a latest incident, police refused to allow voluntary paramedics to tend to people injured and detained during clashes inside Prince Edward MTR Station on Wednesday, the students complained, according to RTHK.

Among other protest actions, a human chain was formed outside the Tin Shui Wai MTR Station Thursday night by some children wearing their school uniforms.

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