Thousands of Hong Kong Students Begin Week-long Boycotts

Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes.

They are protesting against China’s stance on electoral reform in the territory. Students from more than two dozen institutions are taking part.

It is a prelude to a larger protest on 1 October planned by pro-democracy group Occupy Central.

Beijing has rejected open nominations for the city’s leadership poll, dashing hopes of those seeking full democracy.

The boycott saw thousands of students gathering at 14:00 local time (07:00 BST) for a sit-in at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Sha Tin, several kilometres north of the city centre.

Most are wearing white T-shirts with yellow ribbons – a colour adopted by pro-democracy activists.

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