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Hong Kong students plan week long strike for democracy

Published on Sep 4, 2014 3:27 PM
Alex Chow, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, speaks during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong students announced plans Thursday to hold a week long strike in response to Beijing's refusal to grant the semi-autonomous city full universal suffrage.

Activists in the former British colony had their hopes for genuine democracy crushed after China announced on Sunday that the city's next leader would be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

A coalition of pro-democracy groups have vowed to usher in a new "era of civil disobedience" against the decision, calling on the people of Hong Kong to blockade major thoroughfares in the city's financial district.

Students plan to walk away from classes on Sept 22 in what they described as a final warning before wider civil disobedience action.

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