By David HickeyPublished November 17, 2017 11:53:13For a few hours, it looked like a normal day in the city.
As commuters made their way to work in the morning, students from across the city walked to school to get their first glimpse of their classmates.
Students from all over China took to the streets of Poti in a show of solidarity with one another after Chinese authorities shuttered the primary school and the entire school system, as part of a sweeping government crackdown on what they called the “socialist” movement.
“There is a great feeling of solidarity here today.
This is our school,” said Zhang Jiajun, an eighth-grade student from Nanjing, an industrial city in southwest China, who went to the protest to protest against what he described as government oppression.
The city of more than 6 million is home to more than 1.3 million students and the number of students at schools across the country has dropped in recent years.
The Beijing Education Bureau reported last year that the number had dropped to just 527,000.
But there were no official figures for students in the Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Tianyuan and Wuhan areas.
Students in the southern city of Hubei have also been forced to walk to school, and some students from nearby cities like Tianjin are also taking part in the walk.
Students from those regions are participating in the protests as well.
The city of 3 million has more than 100 schools and some of the smaller ones are shutting down.
Students walk to the front of Pari, a school in Poti, Hunan province, China, on November 17.
(David Hickey/Bloomberg)The protests began with the closing of Paji school in the eastern city of Jilin, and later extended to other districts, as well as to some other towns in Hubeis mountainous province.
In Poti alone, at least a dozen school closures were reported in the past few weeks, with a few students participating in each, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The government also shuttered an educational facility in Pudi in the northern city of Chongqing, which was shut down due to “lack of adequate funds,” the report said.
Students were reportedly not allowed to study there and were being sent to schools in other areas, according to the newspaper.
The students walk to Pari School, a kindergarten, in Pari.
(Photo: David Hipple/Bloomberg via Getty Images)While some students have been able to return to school after the shutdowns, the other groups that had planned to take part in rallies have been put on hold.
For example, the Beijing School of the Law Students Association said in a statement on Sunday that its members were unable to attend their rally in Puchi because the city’s government had closed schools, while the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts, a branch of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that it had to cancel a rally planned for Tuesday.
“We have no option but to cancel our rally, because of the closure of schools,” said Liu Shuyuan, the group’s director.
“If it weren’t for the government’s closure, we wouldn’t be able to come to Puchi, the capital of the Hunan region.”
The Chinese government says the closures are part of efforts to control the “anti-socialist,” or “socialistic,” movement that is widely seen as a reaction to China’s “one country, two systems” policy.
It says the policy aims to bring China into line with international standards for social and economic development and to make it easier to control “foreign influences” within the country.
The Communist Party of China has called for the closure, and the country’s government has repeatedly threatened to impose harsh penalties on those who participate in the demonstrations, including imprisonment and a fine of up to 10,000 yuan ($1,300).
It has also blocked social media accounts and blocked news sites in the name of “anti and anti-socialism.”
The protests in Pachi, the main city in the province of Hunan, are the largest in years, with over 300,000 students participating.
In 2016, the local government shut down more than 80 schools, with students saying that the situation was far worse than that of 2015.
The authorities have called the students’ demonstrations illegal, with authorities claiming that it is the responsibility of the students themselves to maintain discipline and ensure that schools are safe.
The local government has also said that the students have not taken part in any political activities.
But in a separate case, a court in the Hunang province of eastern China ruled in May that the local school authorities had no right to shut down the school and students had a right to return there if they did not agree to it.
“In order to maintain order and protect the students and students’ rights, school authorities must first close all schools,” the court ruled, adding that it was necessary