Peace and Freedom

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Florence Lee says through the Occupy protests, Hong Kong’s youth found a way to exercise their natural right to participate in and shape the society they live in, for the better

By Florence Lee
The South China Morning Post

On the night before the clearance of the historic Occupy Central movement, I visited the main campsite in Admiralty. What I saw were many young people, banded together in makeshift communities, brimming with hope, frustration and unity. For me, their strong sense of solidarity, purpose and togetherness sparked questions. Hong Kong’s youth are on a mission – but what do they want? And what do they seek to achieve?

This movement embodies the pursuit of citizenship rights as young people stake their claim to the city. Much has been said about their frustration over the lack of upward social mobility and employment opportunities. Many youngsters face such anxieties during their…

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