According to the Hong Kong government, nearly one-third of the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators who the police have arrested are young people under the age of 18.
Young people want to protect their civil liberties from the increasing erosion and suppression of the mainland Chinese government. Many high-schoolers have also participated in the movement.
A high school student told VOA, “The future belongs to us. We must fight for it because this is our own future, the future of the next generation, and the future of the people of Hong Kong. If we do not fight, there will be no one to fight for it.”
Since June, 750 young people under the age of 18 have been arrested for participating in anti-government demonstrations. Among the 2,000 plus arrested, young people account for nearly one-third.
The Hong Kong government also requires universities and schools to report any students who wear masks to participate in anti-government demonstrations.
Source: Voice of America, October 14, 2019