Hong Kong Conflicts in Familys and Society

Vasilii Zhorin, News Writer

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Multiple protests in Hong Kong have transformed into a battleground between demonstrators and police. It even, after many weeks of protest, is still happening, and has affected many families. But no one had more destructive effect on their families the same way as the family of Sunny. 26 year old protestor and her husband, Beijing, who is a low-ranking police officer and has been working 12-hour night shifts only to confront the demonstrations supported by his wife.

The next day was even more devastating. Everyday Sunny and Beijing have arguments which gets more intense day by day. Since June, their life goes like this: at night they are standing on the opposite sides of the barricades, and in the morning they are parenting their two daughters together the next day. “In the beginning, it didn’t seem any different from any other protests that we have always had over the years,” Sunny said in an interview. “But now, we can’t even talk about any normal daily life. No one has the patience for it.”

As Hong Kong’s government has increased more pressure and forcing more arrests, increasingly violent clashes between protesters and police have made even more stress and division for both sides.

Secretary for Security John Lee defended police actions by saying that they are still professional at what they are doing. “Despite the dangers and difficulties they are faced with, they still discharge their statutory duties with courage,” he said.

In public a statement, officials have accused protestors of harassing officers, and sometimes family members both online and in person. This behavior of the protestors angered  many officers who were respected a few months ago, and now faced with criticism against themselves.

“Back then he thought it was a noble profession,” Sunny said. “But it turned out to be below expectations. In just a few months, he realized that the hierarchy was too serve.”

Beijing said “It puts so much pressure on me and my family,” he also added that police “have no choice” but to arrest those who break the law.“She keeps me in line,” he said. “She is always urging me to consider how police officers can regain the trust of the citizens”

Though their conversation, Sunny got the  understanding that police had become a stand-in for a government that is highly hated by the public. “It feels like we have the common enemy,” she said.In July, she decided to organize the Facebook group, “Police Relatives Connection.” Its mission is to restore the public’s trust in the police.

Most of the police officers are afraid to criticize the situation that is happening in Hong Kong.

Cathy Yau, had been working in the Hong Kong police force for eleven years before resigning in July and deciding to step forward and take the risk of publicly criticizing the police.“As a trained police officer i knew what they were doing was not completely lawful,” Ms Yau said in an interview. “But I also appreciated how they understood that if worse came to worst, they were willing to sacrifice themselves- their future prospects or even their lives.”

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