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Students Start Hunger Strike Against Education Plans, RTHK Says

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Three students in Hong Kong are refusing food to protest the government’s plans to introduce Chinese national education lessons in city schools, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

The protesters, members of a student group called Scholarism, started the three-day hunger strike after earlier action failed to get results, the broadcaster said, citing Scholarism member Joshua Wong.

Tens of thousands of parents, students and social activists took to the streets in Hong Kong in July to oppose the curriculum changes, which critics say will stifle independent thinking. The classes aim to foster Chinese identity, the government said at the time.

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