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Youngsters speak out

January 20, 2010

By Lam Man Yuk, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School 

  Nowadays, there are many disputes in Hong Kong. Protesters take to the streets to voice their concerns on social issues. In the past, street protests were traditionally organized by political parties, concern groups and the middle class. However, young people have been taking the lead and are becoming more outspoken on social issues recently.

One of the reasons is that many teens have become more concerned about social issues because they have access to much more information on the internet than they did in the past. They share their opinions on popular cyberspace forums and social networking sites such as Facebook. It gives a chance to youths to know more about social injustice. And they are one of the victims on it. Therefore, they want to do something to express their opinions.

  Furthermore, instead of joining campaigns organized by political parties, young people think their voices can be better heard if they organize the march themselves, they think there are limitations with political parties. Teens often hold different views from them. And they lack ways of expressing their views to the authorities because they have no rights to get votes in the Legco. Therefore, more and more youngsters hold protests themselves in order to show their determination to fight the injustices.

 Teenagers’ voices and actions have changed the culture of protest among HongKongers. And they begin to take the lead in street rallies. While younger generation are criticized they are not concerned about current social issues, there are some young people joining the march to voice their opinions. The government should think highly of their voices.

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  1. January 20, 2010 1:15 pm

    By Tse Ching Lok,CCC Heep Woh College

    Scarcely does a day go by without news pertinent to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link project in recent days and we can notice that a group of after-80s teenagers demonstrated radically after the project was passed by the Legislative Council.

    Many may frown upon the teen’s demonstration as they reckon that they behaved violently and went extreme.Amittedly, they had several strained disputes with the police and a lot of people got injured in the demonstration.

    Their spirit, however, deserves our appreciation.Never before have I seen that a mutitude of teenagers are willing to stand out and demonstrate against the defective policies proposed by the government.

    It is definitely a breakthrough of the Hong Kong’s politics. Escalating heed is paid by the today’s adolescents who are always blamed to be indifferent to the political issues.

    Hopefully, the political awareness can be raised among the young generation and more teenagers can inject some new inspirations and impulses to the Hong Kong’s politics.

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