Uni students call for strike actionLocal | Sophie Hui 13 Aug 2019
The student unions of 11 universities and tertiary institutions issued a joint statement yesterday, calling for an indefinite strike and class boycott in Hong Kong to protest against what they termed as excessive force used by police on Sunday which showed they have gone "out of control."
They said the campaign would last until justice is served to police officers who had abused their powers and used excessive force, and the government responds to the protesters' five demands.
"Hongkongers, we shall not connive at the abuse of power and violence by the Hong Kong Police Force," the Students' Unions of Higher Institutions said in the statement.
They include the eight universities that qualify for government grants, as well as Shue Yan University, Open University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The university students also called Hongkongers to assemble at the Chek Lap Kok airport at 1pm every day.
"Last night [Sunday night], the world witnessed how the outlaws have completely lost their control. All their acts are dehumanizing," the university students said.
They added that police "have been showing no respect for any laws and regulations" in the past two months, adding police officers have been using expired chemical weapons.
They also accused police of attacking innocent passers-by and reporters, refusing to show their warrants, and conducting unreasonable arrests.
The students also said the city has turned into "a police state," and said police have "committed numerous crimes" - including shooting protesters in the head and beating people on an MTR escalator, causing a stampede.
They also turned a blind eye to people dressed in white beating fellow citizens in Tsuen Wan and North Point.
"The essence of the rule of law is nemo est supra legis ( no one is above the law)," the student unions said.
"The government has been criticizing the protesters in the past months, but what is in fact eroding the rule of law in Hong Kong is the abuse of power and violence by Hong Kong Police Force."
Jacky So Tsun-fung, president of Chinese University's student union, said many students voiced their support for boycotting class this September.
But the student unions are still looking at arrangements, such as whether it is possible to continue learning while not going to class.
He said it is important for people to continue the assembly at the airport to put pressure on the government.