Meet Hong Kong’s Teenage Protesters | The Dispatch

Meet Hong Kong’s Teenage Protesters | The Dispatch


We’re following Kent.
On weekdays, he works a summer job
at a convenience store. On weekends, he protests. It’s been a summer of chaos. People here are enraged about
China’s growing influence. They have paralyzed the city. Staging strikes, barricading
streets and occupying the international airport. The government has
dug in its heels. The police have cracked
down with impunity. And in response,
protesters have embraced hardcore tactics. Leading the charge are young
men and women, many of them students on summer break. Some tell us they
would die for this movement. But now, the summer
is coming to an end. So we came to hear from the
voices behind the masks. Can they sustain the fight? And how far will
they go in the face of unyielding resistance? We meet up with a
young team of medics. They’re gathering at a hotel. It’s part of an underground
network of safe houses that open their
doors to people supporting the movement. Most protesters
don’t organize overtly. They worry they’ll
be arrested. But the medics take
the extra risk. The idea that this
is somehow a game and that they can opt in
and out begs the question, are they prepared to face
the real life consequences of standing up to China? We catch up with Kent as he makes his way
to a protest. This building houses a
pro-Beijing party. Frontline protesters,
like Kent, see some violence as
the only way to force change. That attitude could
undermine popular support for the movement. But as we cycled
through neighborhoods, we see residents on the
sidelines urging them on with water,
food and riot gear. And weeks after protests began,
hundreds of thousands are still coming out. As the day winds down,
protesters stand outside police and
government headquarters contemplating their
next move. The standoff in
Hong Kong continues. But this summer’s
fervor will be put to the test when
many of these protesters head back to school. People on the streets
disperse peacefully and Kent leaves with them,
a little deflated.

100 Comments on "Meet Hong Kong’s Teenage Protesters | The Dispatch"


  1. 这小崽子行为像法西斯一样危险暴力,理论像法轮功一样荒唐可笑,智商却像海胆,因为海胆没有脑。

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  2. Mask? Such a coward. Trying to have the best of both world. Playing like a video game. Hope you end up in prison.

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  3. These kids are having so much fun “fighting” for freedom. They even forgot how much other’s freedom they’re destroying

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  4. i really don't like this interviewer and some of her comments .. it's like she couldn't understand their true feelings. ..

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  5. As a hongkonger who has also experienced all the protests for 4 months, please, no one has ever treated the protest as a game. That saying of GTA is apparently dark humour. Living in HK, those youngsters have never been used to facing violence like now in the protest. Every time we can see other protesters being beaten and caught in front of our eyes.
    It’s how we can only think to keep up our courage and fight for our human rights. Nobody can treat sth so near death as a game.

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  6. Just get away from China, make things big, hurt innocent people (probably older HK citizens) and damage properties, but don’t care who they are.
    The new generation that has never experienced the control under British government demanding for democracy for the first time.
    Chinese policemen are so restrained under political pressure, no one can stop us, just do what we want, doesn’t need to be reasonable.
    Real life GTA is so Exited, isn’t it?
    Enjoy the mess:)

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  7. By dressing up anything with democracy and freedom, anything will be the truth. Any behaviors including depriving others' freedom to give different opinion,
    Depriving others' freedom to work and live should be praised and eulogized. Freedom is air, freedom is everything beyond others' living needs. Clap for the Hong Kong freedom fighters!

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  8. Wake up human. The white people freedom of Nazi and nonwhite people is paying the price of the westerners invasion mass-murder all over the global. Designed pro-democracy human rights and freedom to murder nonwhite people also in HK as we can see now.

    What the difference Nazism and democracy, human rights and freedom? Since WW2 million upon millions nonwhite people murdered by white people and more then 40 nonwhite nation destroyed.

    https://m.facebook.com/XinhuaNewsAgency/photos/a.3439524032741683/3439524099408343/?type=3&notif_t=notify_me_page&notif_id=1571581319182378&ref=m_notif

    More Than 700 Women Have Disappeared From A Texas ICE Detention Center And Their Lawyers Don’t Know Where They Are

    https://wearemitu.com/things-that-matter/ice-moved-700-women-to-different-locations-but-wont-even-tell-their-lawyers-where-they-are/?utm_campaign=ICEWomenDisappear&utm_source=facebook_feed_wam&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0aNfrAf1uxgb70WwewX2anWyLw0bM7vQR2akGshH-KhE5zgf1sDQ2Z-Q8

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  9. I just transited thru Beijing International and I had my ear buds in my pocket and I got scanned a frisked and I had to go thru customs 6 times + I hit the angry button

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  10. Why they said H K not freedom ? No 3 freedom in the world . U S A was NO 17 . But now H K much worsening then before . It because all a mob of students.

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  11. Look at the bravery of these teenagers. While other teenagers are worried about their love life, these teenagers are working to ensure basic human rights for the next generation. Wake up teenagers!!!!!!!

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  12. Spain Barcelona Catalan Movement: Rioters Violence
    Chile movement: Rioters Violence
    Hongkong Movement: peaceful protestors
    can someone explain the differences?

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  13. You should see all their propaganda channels on youtube and check out their comment sections…. looks oddly similar

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  14. Playing real life GTA, "this might be fun today." Have fun kids ! Hope to add PLA in your GTA to have more fun.

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  15. Only very sick-minded folks will make use of kids to be young activists by filling them with hatred – robbing them of their innocence and youth. Brainwashed children into believing violence against a particular sector is acceptable and it is a game. Only ISIS and terrorists do such things.

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  16. My high school history teacher used to tell us "the Ideal is beautiful,the history is cruel ", she was one of the protests in Tiananmen square in 1989, and she was 21.

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  17. Here gives a link for anyone wanna see what REALLY happened in Hong-Kong these days:

    https://www.quora.com/What-is-most-disturbing-about-the-2019-protests-in-Hong-Kong

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  18. Free Hong Kong, and Hong Kong deserves better. China communist is just a cancer of the world, and does nothing good to the world. Let Hong Kong be free and have her own way of life.

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  19. Hongkonger know how evil CCP(Chinese Communist Party)is,but it's sad most of the western teenagers/adults nowadays do not hv enough political awareness.if the totalitarian/authoritarian ideology(currently practiced by China government) continues to grow globally(directly or indirectly),it would b global disaster. let's stand up n Say No to China government(CCP)
    (Remark: don't racist to Chinese people because they are innocent)

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  20. Cheers Great work CIA make the world back to chaos, you can tell how satisfied from the smell for New York Times journalist.

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  21. non of the western media points out that all these started with a boy murdered his girl friend and run back to hongkong. and he is going to be released in hongkong. the heaven of the murders new name of hongkong.great job kids. hongkong would soon becone what you all has exoected.

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  22. People who sell their country. They are willing to do it for reputation and ambition. "Freedom" is just an excuse to cover up selfishness to community and country

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  23. 可悲的是他们以为自己很重要,可是他们是死是活也影响不到大陆人民的生活。

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  24. The protesters lost support from Hong Kong citizens when they started to vandalize, destroy properties and violent toward others.

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  25. The last time this happened in Bejing and all across China's major cities, the Chines army crushed all the protestors under the treads of tanks and mowed them down with live ammunition. I hope this does not happen again.
    Tiananmen Square Massacre:
    The Tank Man (full film) | BBC's FRONTLINE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHMZmthg-Vk

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  26. They act like war heroes against Japanese Invasion of China in the last century. We need them in the future against US Invasion

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  27. Why don't you meet protesters in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq ?! There are suffering and stolen rights, repression and murder every day against unarmed demonstrators aged 16-30. Does your humanity accept that !!

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  28. This is where Pokemon Go failed and Hong Kong Protests Succeeded. They included cross platform media and other social media. They are addicted to “community” feeling because nothing have united the young like this protests with their assigned roles and the “high” of completed their assigned tasks and being lauded by international media for it.
    This is the most insidious and worst use of “gameplay”, the creation of child soldiers.

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  29. These people are lucky that Mao Zedong is not alive anymore, this is dangerous holy cow, in Maos case these people would have been Executed instently, be grateful for being in the future and not in the past, May god protect you from death

    Amen

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  30. Ok so epic bruh moment. Yesterday in my class we were learning about the suffragist and the suffragettes and the first group use non violence and the second group think that violence is the only way and extreme actions. They both were fighting for their rights but in different ways. This is what is happening right niw

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  31. Sorry I quit. I just can‘t stand their poor English pronunciation. Did those terrorists ever studied English? Not compared to senior high school students in mainland China. If u wanna be dogs of the USA or UK, pronounce their language right ok? No idea where do u get face to laugh at mainland Chinese English and where do ur confidence or superiority come from? Just curious haha haha

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  32. Very shallow reporting. There should more depth. Theses kids are on the front line fight for justice, democracy and freedom. If they get arrested, the face 10 year prison sentence. They know it but they have no choice as they still have a whole life ahead of them.

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  33. Isnt it risky to tell the protester and where they get their stock of equitment? What happen if the police or goverment watches this and secretly try to find them 1 by 1?

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  34. That guy is not a protestor, he is a terrorist. And not all of America and Americans support terroristic acts.And you terrorists, stop using our cherished American flag to support your cause! How dare you degrade our flag like that!

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  35. They are correct, the second they stop its over. Unfortunately Hong kong cant speak for china. This means protesting in a different way. I feel for these people.

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  36. In HK we are now in a fight for our freedom 6:05

    Inner thought: in order to be OUT OF EDUCATION FOREVER!!!🤪🤪🤪

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  37. Meet Hong Kong's Teenage Terrorist instigated by the evil foreign spy agency !!!  The chickens will eventually come home to roost !!!

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  38. Naive and ignorant, brainwashed by propaganda and activists to carry out their hidden agenda. Hiding behind a mask with no respect for freedom and rights of Hong Kong people. This is a lost generation

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