Secondary Students To Boycott Classes On Mondays

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  • Demosisto's Issac Cheng says secondary school students are mature enough to understand the issues over the extradition bill. Photo: RTHK

    Demosisto's Issac Cheng says secondary school students are mature enough to understand the issues over the extradition bill. Photo: RTHK

Isaac Cheng talks to RTHK's Janice Wong

Demosisto vice-chairman Isaac Cheng said on Friday secondary students plan to boycott classes on Mondays when schools resume in September to protest against the government response to the extradition bill saga.

He also defended the planned boycott, rejecting criticism that students are too young to make such a decision.

Cheng, who is helping to organise the protest action, said he believes high school students are mature enough to decide whether or not they want to join.

He said almost 20,000 students had taken part a survey they conducted about the issue and they had made their own judgements on the matter.

"I think the secondary school students have critical thinking ... and independent thoughts," he said. There was no indoctrination or brain washing by political parties or their leaders, he said.

Asked if the 12-year-olds among them really understand the issue, Cheng said, in his experience, he sees that they have a clear grasp of the issues.

The Demosisto leader said he came across a 10-year-old in Shatin who was well versed about the controversial bill, protests over it and the government response so far.

Cheng told RTHK's Janice Wong that if the government continue to ignore the demands, they will continue their agitation.