Student groups yesterday called on Hong Kong students to strike against the proposed extradition law today. At the time of going to press yesterday, more than 70 groups from schools had signed up to show their support.
The student unions from seven local universities also called for class boycotts.
The action today follows Sunday’s million march, which started at Victoria Park and ended at Legco, to protest against the proposed bill which would allow people to be sent to the mainland to face trial for any suspected crime.
The bill is scheduled to be voted on next Thursday, but will have its second reading today.
“We are still young with limited experience, but we’re determined to stand together with other Hongkongers, to use the strike as a wake-up call for our peers and grown-ups and to save Hong Kong in troubled times,” wrote one of the supporting youth concern groups on Instagram.
Hong Kong Association of the Heads of Secondary School yesterday said it did not support the strike as a means to voice demands. But there was no guarantee teachers would be in school today because the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union called members to join the rally “after hours”. It also asked school managers not to be too hard on teachers who do miss school.
Online, students were talking about wearing white ribbons as their schools might forbid them to join, or they might be writing exams. Calls from groups to postpone the exams seem to have been ignored as schools were not willing to say whether that would happen or not.
More than 100 businesses had pledged to go on strike today, and there were rumours that airline staff would also join in the action. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has pleaded with businesses not to close or strike today, saying it would put young people’s future in danger.