School students have boycotted classes to join the Hong Kong protests [Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]

Hong Kong, China – As young people in Hong Kong went back to school, more than 1,000 secondary students joined a rally in the heart of the city, huddling under canopies and trying to stay dry despite torrential downpours.

“I can skip homework for today, but if I lose Hong Kong what’s left for me?” said Pearl Wong, 16, who arrived with four other classmates after half a day of lessons. “That’s why it’s important for me to come out to voice my support for democracy.”

All of them donned surgical masks to protect their identity, although they expected their legal and relatively small gathering would not invite a police

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