Children in Hong Kong are joining the pro-democracy protests
Hundreds of school-aged children have joined the college students in Hong Kong who are currently demanding greater democracy for the Chinese Special Administrative Region, capping a week-long campaign that has seen a massive cut-out of Hong Kong’s leader portrayed as the devil being paraded through the city while people called for his resignation.
Secondary school students launched a one-day class boycott so that they could support the university and college students who began their own class boycott on Monday with a rally that drew about 13,000.
“My parents encourage me to have critical thinking and they are most concerned about my safety,” said 12-year-old Eren Chak, a thin, bespectacled boy wearing the trademark white T-shirt and yellow ribbon.
“The secondary school class boycott indicates the red light warning is up for Hong Kong politics,” said Joshua Wong, a thin 17-year-old with dark-rimmed glasses and bowl-cut hair who heads the group leading the pupils’ protest, Scholarism.
Hong Kong was given back to the Chinese by the British in 1997 with a high degree of autonomy and freedom that isn’t enjoyed in mainland China thanks to a formula that is known as “one country, two systems”, which espoused universal suffrage as an eventual goal. But the Chinese government has been increasing efforts to bring the region under more direct control, something that pro-democracy activists are protesting.
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