A mother's cry: the next generation has a harder path to take
Anna is six to seven months pregnant, but she still tries to attend the ‘peaceful’ anti-extradition demonstrations as much as possible. The flight attendant did not expect the 'summer of uprisings' would be so long.
Since March and April, the Civil Human Rights Front has organized marches against the ’Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019'(abbreviated below as 'China extradition law'). Anna recalls how the struggles in the legislative council spread to the streets. Before June, there was a large feeling of gloominess over the city, but Anna kept on protesting. Ultimately, she witnesses the momentum gradually building up. ‘More people turned up since late-April.’ She was among the crowd, of course, in the following marches in which one, two million people turned up.
Anna has always been a ‘peaceful’ protester. However, she started to reconsider the concept of active clashes in protests under the changing circumstances. ‘At first, I do not understand why some people are willing to risk themselves by engaging in skirmishes? Especially on July 1, there was no meeting in the legislative council and the 'China extradition law' was not on the agenda. On the other hand, when we recall the situation on June 12, if we had sat there and if we had not occupied the roads, the pro-Beijing legislators would have entered the legislative council and attended the meeting successfully.’
During the protests, Anna saw thousands of people joining from every corner of the city for the same aims. Anna believes that the patience and endurance of Hong Kong people are remarkable.
Should we blame the radical protesters under such a regime? Witnessing many young people committed suicide as a form of protest, Anna, also in her thirties, feels that it is a great pity. ‘After June 12, many friends of mine feel unrest. I think we should meet together more frequently, we should not leave a protester feeling alone and isolated.
As an expectant mother, Anna knows the path ahead of her baby is not an easy one. ‘Our next generation will have to take the harder path. But we have to maintain hope. We have to teach them to distinguish between right and wrong. We have seen that in the anti-extradition movement, it is the youth who made the impossible possible. Without the change of regime in China, our next generation will still have to struggle. I hope all the parents will teach the youth to do what is right, protecting them by teaching them to be virtuous.’