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Protests Continue in Hong Kong over "Brainwashing" Course

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Published on Sep 5, 2012

Protests in Hong Kong against the national education course show no signs of dying down.

Those calling the course as an attempt to "brainwash" Hong Kong students camped out in front of the government building on Tuesday evening.

The Civil Alliance Against the National Education has been organizing the protests. Demonstrators are angry at Hong Kong authorities refusing to cancel the course. Opponents are now calling for the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down.

[Joshua Wong, Scholar-ism Protest Group Organizer]:
"We see that Leung Chun-ying is hiding from the public like a turtle. He won't see us. Scholar-ism is urging everyone here to stay overnight. Let's see how Leung will come to work tomorrow."

Hong Kong media reported that around 300 people stayed overnight. Eight people are also on hunger strikes, some for more than three days.

Teachers opposing the course are also planning their own actions.

[Wong Hak Lim, Vice President, Hong Kong Professional Teacher's Union]
"The Alliance is clearly telling the government and the public that we will immediately start a movement of non-cooperation, including going on strike. We will plan this carefully and announce here that the strike will deal an effective blow [to the course]."

The national education course is being rolled out in primary schools this week with the start of school. It's meant to teach kids about things like national identity, but opponents say the handbook for the course is unduly biased towards the Chinese Communist Party.

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