From Frontliners photo series.
The demonstrations deeply divided Hong Kong’s families, with some of older generations (not all) not understanding their children’s struggles: in terms of identity (the younger ones feel honkongers, the older ones who are often first or second generation Chinese immigrants feel Chinese) and in terms of values, in terms of what they consider essential to life. The older ones being more materialistic, needing only a good place to live, a job and food and seeing demonstrations as something destroying this. The younger ones, feels like only free life worth living.
Many demonstrators were simply thrown out of their homes. In a society where the administration does not ensure any redistribution of income, family ties are essential, and the banishment of one of his children, sometimes very young, is always a tragedy.
Homes have been opened, collections of all kinds are being launched, doctors are being mobilized to ensure that young people are cared for outside the medical institution, where the files are forwarded to the police.
These demonstrations have disrupted the lives of many of those taking part, families have been torn apart, but an entire generation has united deeply, forging networks of solidarity, being as one. Beyond their five demands, which have been on the rise for more than 6 months, one of the greatest concerns of the demonstrators is to take care of each other and to remain in solidarity at all costs.