Hong Kong, Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Protests

War at the dinner table: Hong Kong families divided over protests

The Hong Kong protests take their toll on families, with the battle on the streets continuing around the dinner table

16.9.2019

The Hong Kong protests take their toll on families, with the battle on the streets continuing around the dinner table.

The Hong Kong protests take their toll on families, with the battle on the streets continuing around the dinner table

HONG KONG – For weeks, Jane lied to her mother about joining Hong Kong's protests -- pretending her rucksack was bulging with books, not supplies -- until the ideological rift between them grew so great she had to move out.

"After every fight, she wouldn't talk to me for a week," said the softly spoken 24-year-old, who asked to use a pseudonym."Hong Kong flats are small. We're apart by just one wall. So I had to leave."

Jane describes herself as a moderate – not one of those on the frontlines battling police or embracing violence.

They are also the latest expression of pent-up anger at Beijing's creeping control over the city and its refusal to make concessions to similar youth-led democracy protests in 2014.

Among those aged 18-29 the figure is even lower at 10%.

contingent of elderly"grey hairs" holding solidarity marches

"I think it comes down to education. My parents were educated in China and weren't taught about democracy and freedom," he said, explaining how his parents came to Hong Kong in the 1990s as stowaways looking for a better quality of life.

"I can't talk to my colleagues because I don't trust them, and I can't talk to my parents at home without them yelling at me, so I often get pretty down," he said.

After explosive arguments over her backing of the protests, her parents threatened to cut financial support.

But she says they have made an uneasy arrangement of tolerating each other's starkly different political leanings.

Read more: Rappler

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