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Point of no return: Thousands of Hong Kong students prefer protests to books


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

Thousands of black-masked Hong Kong students gathered on Monday at the start of a two-week university boycott, increasing pressure on Hong Kong leaders to end anti-government protests.

Students are the backbone of the movement that has come up against the government’s plan to allow extradition to China, but spread into protest against Beijing-backed leadership.

Status quo, once the students leave their books and take to the streets, it is considered perilous. The same situation seen in Hong Kong today, where thousands of students have joined anti-government demonstrations after boycotting education. Critics termed the entry of Students in the Hong Kong demonstrations as “Point of no return”.

Hundreds were arrested in a violent clash with police, and Beijing labeled the protesters a terrorist.

Hong Kong enjoyed the independence of China under the policy of ‘one nation, two systems’, which was inherited in Britain’s surrender in 1887, but locals feared that the right would be lost.

Today, as the university reopens after the summer holidays, thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted their classes and instead gathered in the city.

“Today is my first day of study, but I still want to get out.

“I don’t think I will miss anything. It’s also a form of education”, said a student, Tommy, 19.

Elsewhere, high school students form a human chain in schools and nurses carry pro democratic banners to show support for the anti-government movement.

Hong Kong police have arrested 159 people involved in mass violent activities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) over the weekend.

The latest arrests have brought the number of those arrested to 1,117 people since the riots took place across Hong Kong and sparked chaos from early June.

Out of the total detention, 16 suspects charged with rioting on Saturday have been arraigned in court today.

Read also: Britain: Violence in Hong Kong is alarming

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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