Date
21 September 2017
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Parents have mixed feelings as protests near end

Parents have mixed feelings about the impending demise of the pro-democracy street protests but most are heaving a sigh of relief.

The street occupation in Admiralty, the main protest site of the 11-week old sit-ins, is expected to end Thursday when police start dismantling the makeshift camp under a High Court injunction.

That makes politician Lam Ka-chun a little apprehensive.

Lam, a member of the Liberal Party, is hoping there will be no violence, even though he does not expect his protester son to be there at this time.

He said he disapproved of his son camping out in Admiralty and Mong Kok but understood him.

“We can’t protect our children too much. We should let them go if their lives are not in danger,” Lam said.

A mother of two, surnamed Chan, said her daughter taught her about citizenship and the difference between genuine and fake democracy.

“I used to scold her for sitting in with other protesters. Now I understand their need for critical thinking and why it’s important to them to be able to tell right from wrong,” she said.

Chan tried to stop her children from taking part in the protests after police beat protesters.

In the end, however, she said she realized her children are old enough to decide for themselves.

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