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Hong Kong Students Strike on first day of school

It’s the first day of school for most Hong Kong students after the end of two-month summer break. But some students are planning to skip class and protest instead.

Hundreds of students in Hong Kong on Monday boycotted their classes in protest against the local government’s reluctance to withdraw the proposed amendments to extradition bill.

“The school boycott, co-organized by localist party Demosisto, was part of a broader anti-government campaign triggered by the bill, which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong lacks an extradition deal, including mainland China,” South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based daily, reported.

However, an academic at a local college told an news agency that many of his students were attending the classes.

The autonomous region of Hong Kong is witnessing pro-longed protest demonstrations against the provincial government of Carrie Lam which had introduced a bill to legalize extradition to mainland China. The reading of the bill has been suspended.

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