In this photo series, Nadira Lamrad reports on student protests at City University of Hong Kong.
Students are calling for a strike action on September 22nd in response to the #fakedemocracy being imposed on Hong Kong for the 2017 elections. This collection of photos is a snapshot of university student political discourse in a very complicated situation.
Click on the images below for details:
1 September 2014: #CityUHK #democracy wall: response to CCP decision on #HK 2017 vote 1. boycott class don’t boycott education [pro-student strike message]. 2. Should we resign to our fate? Or should we fight for our lives? [I think. This is a rough translation. It is much more eloquent in Chinese.]
3 September 2014: #CityUHK students respond to decision on #HK #universalsuffrage & #fakedemocracy
3 September 2014: “Embrace hope. Fearless resistance.” from the #HongKong Federation of Social Work Students. Response to the #fakedemocracy being imposed on #HK in 2017
3 September 2014: On either side of #CityUHK main escalators. Top: “Student’s strike to struggle for universal suffrage” Bottom: “Disobedience not Resignation” #HK #fakedemocracy
3 September, 2014: Above the entrance to the main building: “Student strike is imminent. Disobedience – hang on to your fate [future].” #CityUHK student union on #HK #fakedemocracy
3 September, 2014: The Goddess of Democracy below the banner that says “Hong Kong is my home • The National People’s Congress does not represent me” #CityUHK students on the #fakedemocracy being imposed on #HK in the 2017 election.
4 September, 2014: “Political people, stand up! Civil disobedience!” Posters from #CityUHK student strike committee for tomorrow’s meeting to discuss class boycotts in late September. #HKU announced a September 22nd date for a 1week boycott yesterday hoping that other universities will follow. #HK #fakedemocracy
5 September, 2014: “Hope lies with the people • Change begins with protest” #CityUHK student union drumming up support ahead of tonight’s meeting to discuss the student strike [7pm, Y5-302]. The same slogans were used at the rally on August 31st after the announcement that #fakedemocracy will be imposed on #HK.
12 September, 2014: An announcement on the democracy wall that #CityUHK student union has committed to the student strike beginning on Sept. 22 for 1 week. There will be a meeting today at the library 5pm to discuss advocacy, mobilization, and movement strategies. #HK #fakedemocracy
12 September, 2014: “罷 9 二 二” Protest installation art at #CityUHK main entrance. Books & mags arranged as the character 罷 [strike] with the boards on the floor displaying the date: Sept. 22nd. The banner is the same as the one by the escalators “Student’s strike to struggle for universal suffrage.”
14 September, 2014: #CityUHK student union “one man, one letter” campaign got 500+ signed letters from students to the President of the university in support of the student boycott. Photos posted on #CityUHK student union fb page. #HK #hongkong
Click here to download the Declaration of Strike of the CITYUSU and CityU Students’ Strike Committee
Nadira Lamrad is a PhD Candidate at City University of Hong Kong and co-founder of www.SocialAlterations.com