Hong Kong Students Intend to Strike
The CPC Standing Committee has stifled genuine universal
suffrage in Hong Kong, igniting waves of protest
in Hong Kong over several days.
The University of Hong Kong Students’ Union (HKUSU)
has issued a declaration of strike, urging all students
to protest in the street.
Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) has prepared
to launch college student strikes on Sept. 22.
Scholarism is preparing to launch secondary school
Hong Kong Federation of Students was dissatisfied
with the decision of the CPC Standing Committee
that universal suffrage of Hong Kong Chief Executive
They urged all Hong Kong college students to begin
a week-long strike starting from Sept. 22.
They will decide whether to continue the strike
in the next week.
The vice secretary of HKFS, Lester Shum, has stated that
every major institution is holding meetings to discuss
how to organize a joint strike.
HKFS is also planning activities during the strike period.
Lester Shum: “The purpose of the strikes is to tell the CCP
that we, the college students, will not accept a future
without our existence or our rights.
We will set off a new page and the first wave for Hong Kong’s
new era, the so-called Hong Kong’s era of resistance."
HKUSU has issued a strike declaration called “Follow
righteousness and save Hong Kong" on Sept. 3 urging
all students to take to the streets to protest CCP NPC’s
political reform in Hong Kong.
The declaration said that The University of Hong Kong’s
motto is Sapientia et Virtus, and students cannot stand idly
on campus at this turning point of Hong Kong’s fate.
If the authorities continue to act against the public’s will,
more disobedience will follow.
Students have no choice and will not compromise.
The declaration also urged professors and lecturers to support
students by not penalizing them for their absence,
and even join the strike to amplify the voice.
It also called on all citizens to participate
and prepare to protest.
The HKSUS issued a strike declaration the following day
of the Standing Committee’s decision.
They accused the CCP of totally ignoring the Hong Kong
The strike is just the first step
of the noncooperation campaign.
If there is no response, the next step
will be “endless civil disobedience."
In response to Hong Kong students’ protests, the CCP
mouthpiece People’s Daily published reviews on its overseas
edition on Sept. 5 urging Hong Kong students
not to participate in the strike.
The article said that the Hong Kong student strike
and the Occupy Central campaign are being used,
claiming the Hong Kong Federation of Students
was controlled by foreign powers.
In this regard, Tommy Cheung, chairman of HKUSU,
pointed out that the CCP was extremely supportive
to the Federation of Students before the June 4 Incident.
But now the authority claimed that the Federation of Students
was controlled by foreign powers when it opposes
the CCP’s decision, and this is really shameful.
Tommy Cheung said that HKUSU held its first strike meeting
on Sept. 4.
Students know the political reform very well,
as well as the universal suffrage’s importance to Hong Kong,
and no one can take advantage of them.
Tommy Cheung: “The amount of students who understand
the strike or political reform is not less than
(those who understood) ‘Against the National Education’
I believe the number is similar.
In 2012, most of the 8,000 people who participated
in the ‘Against the National Education’ strike were from
the Chinese University of Hong Kong
because it was held here."
There were more than 8,000 college students and teachers
participating in the “Against the National Education" in 2012.
They held rallies outside the Hong Kong government,
and requested to withdraw the brainwashing national
education class in primary and secondary schools.
Tommy Cheung commented that many teachers supported
the students’ strike, and were willing to make up classes
for those students.
While all Hong Kong colleges are preparing for the strike,
the Scholarism organized by the Hong Kong secondary school
students is also beginning to prepare to have a secondary
school students’ strike in the next two months.
On the afternoon of Sept. 3, conveners of Scholarism
such as Joshua Won explained the political reform and civil
disobedience to secondary school students in a church
in Sha Tin, Kowloon.
Joshua Won said that the secondary school students’ strike
will only have a preliminary plan after Scholarism held
a joint conference with Hong Kong’s secondary schools
on Sept. 7.
He commented that they will never back down no matter
how much pressure they face.
Joshua Won: “We will persevere in fighting for citizen
nomination and reject this political reform, because this is our
right, we are not scared, we will fight with confidence,
because we believe that one day we will succeed."
Scholarism and the strike committees of 11 colleges
had a meeting on Sept. 6 to discuss the details
and the date of the strike, and they will hold a press
conference on Sept. 7 to release details of the strike.
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