HK students skip school, join citywide strike

Students in Hong Kong boycotting classes yesterday, on the first day of a new school term.
Students in Hong Kong boycotting classes yesterday, on the first day of a new school term.PHOTO: REUTERS

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong yesterday assembled in various locations in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island at mass rallies to pressure the government to give in to their demands, including the full withdrawal of an extradition Bill.

Besides the second such citywide strike since the crisis began in June, tens of thousands of students also skipped school yesterday on the first day of a new term.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she has caused "unforgivable havoc" by igniting the political crisis and would quit if she had a choice, Reuters reported, citing an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of business people. "If I have a choice," she said at the closed-door meeting, "the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2019, with the headline 'HK students skip school, join city-wide strike'. Print Edition | Subscribe