Hong Kong students boycott classes to hold pro-democracy rallies

Hong Kong school and university students boycotted classes and held pro-democracy rallies for the second straight day on Tuesday, further fuelling the political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city.

The protesters were calling for their “five demands” including the withdrawal of the now-suspended extradition Bill, the retraction of the word “riot” to describe rallies, the release of all arrested demonstrators, an independent inquiry into the police and the right for Hongkongers to democratically choose their own leaders.

Hong Kong students boycott classes to hold pro-democracy rallies

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she was open to dialogue with protesters but has made no concessions on these demands.

Thousands of students joined demonstrations at universities on Monday, many wearing gas masks, joining hands to form human chains and chanting for Hong Kong to be given greater autonomy from the central Chinese government.

The protesters in Hong Kong are piling up pressure on its embattled leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

In a private audio leak Lam said she would quit if she had a choice.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in protests since mid-June. Protesters are seeking greater democracy in the former British colony which returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees wide-ranging autonomy, including an independent judiciary.

Beijing has accused foreign powers such as the United States and Britain of fomenting the unrest. Meanwhile, China has not ruled out using force against the protests, but it is eager to quell the unrest before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct 1.

Hong Kong is Asia’s major financial hub and trading port, and its facing it’s first recession in a decade as a result of the protests.

Hong Kong pro-democracy rallies

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