"The people [should] have the power to impeach him or her. The chief executive should be responsible to the people. But now...because now the government is selected by Beijing, they only can be loyal to Beijing, but not Hong Kong people. So this is why I think the people will keep protesting."
Chow said beginning on Sept. 2, many university students boycotted their classes. He said the plan originally was to boycott for nearly two weeks, until Sept. 13. The boycott was "not well-planned," he acknowledged, and right now it is "not very obvious that we are having a strike," but student groups are planning to hold assemblies and meetings during the class boycott.
Chow said there is another large protest planned for this coming weekend, this time at the airport, where a large group of protesters gathered last weekend. He said many people have been arrested at subway stations.
He said he does not know of any members of the Catholic student groups that have been arrested or injured in the protests.
The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, who has been a vocal supporter of the protests, told CNA last week that he hopes prayer will help transform the area into "a channel of God's peace."
Many Catholic clergy in Hong Kong, including apostolic administrator Cardinal John Tong and bishop emeritus Cardinal Joseph Zen, have expressed support for the protesters.
"We're urging fellow parishioners to join our 'Friday fasting' movement," Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told CNA on Aug. 30.
"It's been a tradition for us to fast on Fridays. However, this tradition somehow was abolished. With fasting and prayers, we hope that we can help ourselves to strengthen our mind and soul to fight evil thoughts. Then, we would be in a better position to help fellow Hongkongers."
Bishop Ha, who has taken part in ecumenical prayer rallies with protesters in the past, urged an increase in prayer and said he is concerned for the safety of the many young people involved in the protests.
"I do worry about the safety of the protesters, especially the young ones," he said. "Youth is not just our future, they are also our present as Pope Francis said. Feeling sad, helpless and sometimes even furious is not unusual. However, we must prevent sadness developing into hopelessness, prevent anger turning into hatred."