Zita and Rick speak to RTHK’s Janice Wong

Students who plan to boycott classes next week, when the school year starts, say they are taking part because the government’ has failed to respond to the five demands of the ongoing anti-government movement.

Demosisto, which is helping to organise the class boycott, says close to 200 secondary schools, or around 9,000 students, have indicated they’ll take part in the strike.

Another anti-extradition concern group made up of nine secondary schools said it has collected more than a thousand signatures from students in support of the boycott.

“As secondary school students, we know that the five demands are the only way to solve the things that are happening in Hong Kong so we want to do a class boycott to awaken all Hong Kong citizens and also the secondary school students,” said 16-year-old Zita.

Rick, a 17-year-old student from La Salle College, told RTHK’s Janice Wong that a class boycott was only one of the ways to make the government respond to their demands, which include the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill and an inquiry into alleged police brutality.

In response to criticism that students may not fully understand what is actually going on, Zita said she disagrees as local students have independent thinking.

“This is also what Liberal Studies teaches us, and I believe all Hong Kong students care about Hong Kong as our home,” she said.

Both Zita and Rick said their parents are supportive, and that their families have taught them about civil rights and “what is right and what is wrong” since a young age.

Rick said some friends and classmates will not be taking part, because their parents either support the government or are in the police.

He said that through these boycotts they hope to provide information to these students, “to let them think and also analyse the society now.” He added that hatred and bullying wouldn’t solve anything.