A new day of turbulence in Hong Kong. After a weekend of violence, calls for a general strike have been launched for Monday, September 2nd. Students are invited to boycott the resumption of classes at the university. They planned to gather in the afternoon. This morning, pro-democracy activists have disrupted transportation.
With our special correspondent in Hong Kong, Stéphane Lagarde
It still floats in Hong Kong an air of urban guerilla in this return, I especially saw policemen this morning in the corridors of the subway, but also in the oars, agents of anti-riot forces, booted, helmeted. Incidents were reported at several stations: protesters tried to block the doors of trains. The police intervened. There were arrests, particularly at line changes, with transfer points to universities being particularly monitored.
Today is Monday, September 2, the return of schools and high schools with amazing scenes in front of the entrance of schools where high school students black and masked distribute leaflets calling for mobilization to their comrades in white shirt going In progress. We even saw a student provocatively uniformed going to his private school, and wearing a gas mask that he could of course remove before passing the grid.
According to the Education Secretary of the Hong Kong Executive, the start of the school year was normal. For now, high school student unions have called for a partial boycott of the school year. However, tomorrow is the start of the academic year and several student unions have called for a total blockage of their establishment.
For Antoine Bondaz, a researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research, " the call to strike recalls that of August 5 last; To this will be added student strikes since universities and student unions have also called for a strike. The goal is not only demonstrators on Saturday or Sunday who demonstrate, but the movement is followed by the entire population of Hong Kong. "
A " lesser follow-up "?
" It is possible , says the researcher, that monitoring is less. Many companies in Hong Kong have urged their employees not to protest. This is particularly the case of Cathay Pacific who announced that if employees demonstrated, they would be fired. The goal, from the point of view of the demonstrators, is to show that there is broad support. But it is unfortunately unlikely that the Hong Kong authorities will move in the coming days. In the context of the trade war with the United States, but also the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the message that Beijing wants to send is that of intransigence over the slightest claim to Hong Kong. "
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