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Information about the Hong Kong protests is drifting into Guangdong Province, where students who attend school in Hong Kong talk about their experiences. (Nikkei Montage/ source photo by Reuters)
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Hong Kong protests spark bitter divides in Guangdong families

History shows that what happens down south later spreads across China

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- It is hard to imagine the wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong spilling over to the mainland and taking hold in neighboring Guangdong Province.

Not only is Guangdong under strict surveillance, but when speaking to ordinary citizens across the mainland one rarely hears any support for the protesters. The dominant voice on the mainland is in step with that of the Chinese government.

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