Fighting for her deceased child: ‘I want to march for him.’
Yue, a middle-aged woman, lost her 27-year-old son Ming in February this year, who died from a stroke. Yue describes their mother-son-‘comrades’ relationship; Yue shares her views on social and political issues and current affairs with Ming starting from when he was in high school. Since then, they went together to the parades on labour day, the June 4th candlelight vigils and July 1st marches. Ming once complained about the hardship, Yue then explained to Ming that they had to exercise the hard-won freedom of speech and assembly.
In a blink of an eye, they had marched together for more than a decade. During the Occupy Movement in 2014, Yue and Ming stayed in Mongkok. Sometimes there were vex middle-aged counter-protesters hurling abuses, splitting or even acting threateningly. Ming always guarded Yue and reminded her to stay calm and avoid confrontation. Since June 2019, Yue took part in multiple ‘anti-extradition’ movements. During ‘Reclaim Tuen Mun Park’ movement, Yue marched with Ming’s football-pals, and when some of them were caught in a quarrel with an elderly at the park, Yue mediated among them. ‘Ming was a genial and kind person, if he were here right now, he would have asked his pals to calm down, “don't be impulsive!”, I suppose.’ Yue has taken up the role of her son.
In the anti-extradition movement, the fatal fall of ‘martyr’ Ling-Kit Leung immediately reminded of Yue of Ming and his ideals. ‘Just like Ming, many young people cherish peace and freedom, but the government has never responded to them.’ Yue feels that she owes a lot to young people. ‘These youngsters have protected the city, they blocked the extradition bill that would have been passed.’ Ming could no longer participate, but his spirit lies in solidarity with the protesters.
This summer, Yue marched while wearing a t-shirt with Ming's photo printed on it. Ming is gone, but she has her youngest son Yuk joining. The anti-extradition movement has stimulated Yuk's awareness of current affairs, who was previously indifferent to politics in general. Yuk has filled in his elder brother's role and became his mother's comrade, in solidarity with Hong Kong people.