Teachers join students’ class boycott as Occupy Central continues

Teachers join students’ class boycott as Occupy Central continues

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The police fired tear gas to protesters at Connaught Road Central in Admiralty.
The police fired tear gas to protesters at Connaught Road Central in Admiralty.
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

Teachers from more than 10 schools joined the class boycott today in answer to a call by the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union. 

The union asked teachers to boycott classes on Sunday night because leaders were angered by police firing tear gas at unarmed protesters during the Occupy Central demonstration. 

In addition, 50 students from La Salle College at Kowloon Tong carried out a sit-in on the school’s basketball court today.

Students at Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College in Tsuen Wan boycotted classes today, and teachers at the school gave them lectures in civics in support. 

Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College at Ho Man Tin announced that 143 students boycotted class today.

Students from SFTA Lee Shau Kee College at Kwai Tsing district also walked out of classes today. Liu Cheuk-laam, a Form Six student from the school who said he was one of the people in the tear gas response at Admiralty on Sunday night, said: “We’re in a totally different situation now after the tear gas. All students should protest.”

Schools in the Wan Chai and the Central and Western districts were closed today as a result of Occupy Central activities. 

The campaign began officially after midnight on Saturday. Thousands of protesters began to occupy the streets near the government headquarters at Admiralty. 

A composite image shows eight protesters with covered faces.
Photo: EPA

Timeline

  • 3.30 pm: Chief Executive Leung Chin-ying talked to the press, requesting that protesters leave. He also said their actions would have no effect on the decision of the central government on the framework for the 2017 chief executive election.
    Photo: AFP
  • 6pm: Police fired tear gas at demonstrators for the first time at Harcourt Road in Admiralty. It was reported they fired tear gas at least five times during the night. Protesters in Wan Chai and Central were also reported affected by tear gas firings.
     
  • 10pm: Five pan-democrats – including Emily Lau Wai-hing and Albert Ho Chun-yan, who were arrested on Sunday morning – were released.  The five were arrested for helping protesters transport equipment into government headquarters.
     
  • 10.10pm: The Hong Kong Federation of Students asked protesters to leave after receiving reports from students that the police had fired rubber bullets at demonstrators – an allegation that police denied. 
     
  • 10.30pm: The Federation talked to reporters and put forward their demands, one of which called for the resignation of the chief executive, the opening of Tim Mei Road for protesters, urge the central government to scrap the current framework for political reform and allow civil nominations for chief executive candidates. If the demands were not met before midnight on Sunday, they said they would continue to boycott classes.
     
  • Around 11.30 pm: Demonstrators began to gather at Mong Kok. Vans and trucks were parked on Nathan Road to obstruct traffic. 
    Protesters occupy the busy intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street.
  • Midnight today: Protesters started to occupy streets in Causeway Bay outside Sogo. They set up barriers to prevent police from driving them away. 
     
  • 1am today: recorded message from Chief Executive Leung Chin-ying released. He dispels rumours that PLA troops are coming or that police officers have fired bullets at protesters. He urges organisers to end Occupy Central, for the sake of society.

    “Hong Kong is our home. We’ve always coexisted by peacefully following the law. We do not want Hong Kong to be in chaos."
     
  • 8am today: Thousands of demonstrators continued to occupy streets in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.

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