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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests fracture families on generational lines

Younger residents fight for freedoms while older ones focus on getting ahead

An August survey by Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute found that most young people in the territory support the ongoing protests.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The massive street protests that have shaken Hong Kong over the past seven months are also straining family ties. Those taking to the streets see themselves as guardians of the territory's freedoms, while opponents are convinced that support from mainland China is vital to its economic well-being.

At the heart of the split are differences in perceptions of China. Many Hong Kong families find themselves at odds over the perceived tradeoff between freedom and economic development.

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