Hong Kong schools, liberal studies under scrutiny

A third of 1,100 arrested or had details noted on a single day of the protests were under 18

The ongoing anti-government protests have shifted to Hong Kong’s top universities, which police said have been turned into “weapons factories”. The Straits Times speaks to students and educators on the unprecedented clashes.
Police using water cannon to spray at protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of the universities in the city occupied by student protesters.
Police using water cannon to spray protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of the universities in the city occupied by student protesters.ST PHOTOS: JAMIE KOH
Police using water cannon to spray at protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of the universities in the city occupied by student protesters.
Chinese University of Hong Kong fourth-year student Ben
Police using water cannon to spray at protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of the universities in the city occupied by student protesters.
Baptist University Professor Wee Lian Hee
Police using water cannon to spray at protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of the universities in the city occupied by student protesters.
Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers Wong Kam Leung

It began to get cooler at the beginning of this month with the change in season, and there was hope among some Hong Kongers at least that the summer of discontent would fizzle out with district council elections.

The polls, viewed as the most democratic in the city, are scheduled to take place today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 24, 2019, with the headline 'HK schools, liberal studies under scrutiny'. Subscribe