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Now students joining the Hong Kong protesters

Chain reaction: University students holding hands

THOUSANDS of students formed human chains outside Hong Kong schools and universities to back the push for democratic reforms.

Uniformed pupils donned masks like many of the protesters who have been taking to the streets since June. Some covered one eye to show solidarity with a woman who suffered an eye injury blamed by demonstrators on police firing bean-bags.

One university student carried a placard that read: ‘Stop violence, we are not rioters.’

Support: Pupils cover an eye in reference to a protester injured by police PICTURES: EPA/GETTY

At St Paul Co-educational College, a Catholic school, pupils chanted ‘five key demands, not one less’ — the slogan of protesters who say they will carry on until their bid to win more freedoms succeeds.

Hong Kong’s government condemned the ‘illegal behaviour’ of demonstrators who clashed with police on Sunday.