Student leaders just hypocritical

Student leaders just hypocritical

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Protesters  study during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty.
Protesters study during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty.
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Let's face it, Occupy Central was never purely about a public nomination for chief executive.

It's about the young versus the middle-aged, the average man against the elite - class warfare, almost. The public nomination is a façade for the masses to voice dissatisfaction towards all of society's inequalities.

It is no surprise that millennials are leading the way. Many of them are struggling to find jobs; those who work are severely underpaid. Many are struggling to make ends meet, and the relatively fortunate ones are living uncomfortably in small, expensive flats.

Millennials are easily lulled into the belief that a democratically elected government will turn things around and improve their lives. This is not the case.

The truth is that the student "activists" aren't being "oppressed by the authoritarian government". (Joshua Wong Chi-fung of Scholarism writes his speeches on a HK$20,000 MacBook Pro.) They aren't really willing to make personal sacrifices for their supposed goal.

I do not agree with - and am disturbed by - these quasi-leaders who, in reality, take advantage of students like myself and do not care about them.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Student leaders just hypocritical

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