Following a citywide strike on Monday, class boycotts in local secondary schools have continued on the second day of school, with students across Hong Kong showing support for the anti-government protests triggered by the now-shelved extradition bill.
In Tsuen Wan, around 100 students took part in a sit-in outside Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College at around 8am. Some students wore protective gear, such as goggles, respirators and helmets, while others had surgical masks on.
The participants held a sign that read “There are no rioters, just tyranny”. They also chanted protest slogans, including “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” and “Five demands, not one less”.
One of the participants, who is also a member of the school’s student concern group for the bill, told local media outlet HK01 that they were also protesting against the school’s ban on wearing black T-shirts. The Form Six student said the school imposed the ban only yesterday, after some parents said allowing some students to wear black T-shirts was unfair to those who are not “yellow”, meaning pro-democracy.
The sit-in lasted for around 15 minutes, then students went back to school to attend a movie screening and sharing session, which were also part of the class boycott.
Meanwhile, in Tai Hang, around 80 students of True Light Middle School of Hong Kong formed a human chain outside the school. Some held signs and put on protest gear, while a student covered her right eye with an eye patch, in a tribute to the woman who sustained a serious eye injury during the skirmish in Tsim Sha Tsui on August 11.
At St. Paul’s College, an alumni rally was held outside the school campus in Mid-Levels at around 12:30 pm, after current students on strike had finished their class boycott. Legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung and education professor Roger Cheng Hon-man were among the participants.
Form Six student Desmond, who did not give his last name, was the organiser of the St. Paul’s College class boycott. Around 80 students joined the strike, and they had each drafted a letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to voice their opinions.
Desmond added that the school had been in touch with the group to understand students’ discontent and demands. He believes the Hong Kong government should take note of the importance of a transparent communication process.
“The school has been very open to communicate with us and did not shut us out. This is something for the government to make reference to, to communicate with citizens sincerely,” Desmond said.