Special report: What's eating Hong Kong?

The protesters broke into the Parliament chambers of the Legislative Council building, organising themselves into groups, some helping with logistics or serving as medics, while others provided reinforcements to those on the front line.
The protesters broke into the Parliament chambers of the Legislative Council building, organising themselves into groups, some helping with logistics or serving as medics, while others provided reinforcements to those on the front line.PHOTO: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The violent protests that rocked Hong Kong were due to an extradition Bill, but issues such as unaffordable housing and increasing inequality are feeding the turmoil.


Mr Adrian Lam, 29, events organiser, standing at the memorial at Lennon Wall at the Central Government Complex on July 4, 2019. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Events organiser Adrian Lam wants to marry his long-term girlfriend, buy a place to live and maybe have a child. But all these seem increasingly unlikely on his pay of HK$22,500 ($3,900) a month, slightly above average by Hong Kong standards.

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