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Hong Kong Students Begin Boycott to Protest Beijing Policies


Thousands of Hong Kong students have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest Beijing's decision to rule out fully democratic elections in the former British colony.

Thousands of students in Hong Kong have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest Beijing's decision to rule out fully democratic elections in the former British colony.

College and university students from all over the territory streamed into the campus of Hong Kong University Monday afternoon to kick off the boycott with a massive rally.

Strike organizers are angered at Beijing's decision in August to rule out open nominations for candidates, instead demanding that they be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

Analysts say they expect the boycott to have little or no impact on Beijing's ruling.

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