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Hong Kong students launch boycott over China election ruling

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 00:31

Students converge on a university campus in Hong Kong to launch a week-long boycott of classes against Beijing's decision to rule out fully democratic elections there. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Students from more than 20 universities and colleges streamed into the grounds of picturesque, bay-side Chinese University, where they were greeted by banners that said: "The boycott must happen. Disobey and grasp your destiny." Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a high degree of autonomy, but Beijing's rejection of the right to freely choose the city's next leader has prompted threats from activists to shut down the Central finance district as part of their pro-democracy campaign. Leading academics in Hong Kong have voiced support for the boycott, with some offering to record lectures and post them online for students who miss school to watch later. The boycott is being organised by groups such as the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism. The class boycott coincides with a trip to Beijing by some of Hong Kong's most powerful business tycoons where they are expected to discuss Hong Kong politics with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. A survey by the Chinese University showed more than a fifth of Hong Kong residents are considering leaving the city, spurred by concerns over its political future. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland under a policy of "one country, two systems". China is terrified those calls will spread to mainland cities, threatening the Communist Party's grip on power.

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Hong Kong students launch boycott over China election ruling

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 00:31