Lots of clever people at protests

Central Station | 15 Aug 2019

The vast majority of recent protesters in Hong Kong are university-educated, almost half are in their twenties and nearly everyone loathes the police, according to a survey that sheds light on the movement.

Ten weeks of demonstrations have seen millions take to the streets, increasingly violent clashes break out between hardcore protesters and police and, more recently, flights grounded at the airport.

Researchers from the Chinese, Lingnan, Baptist and Hang Seng universities surveyed participants across 12 protests - including mass rallies and "fluid" and "static" demonstrations - between June 9 and August 4 and found the male-female balance to be 54-46.

Seventy-seven percent of 6,688 respondents said they had a tertiary education and 21 percent secondary education.

The 20-29 age bracket was the most represented with 49 percent compared to 11 percent under 20 and 19 percent between 30 and 39. Sixteen percent were 40 and above.

Fifty-percent considered themselves middle class while 41 percent were "grassroots."

On key issues, 87 percent wanted the extradition bill withdrawn, 95 percent expressed dissatisfaction with police handling of protests, and 92 percent wanted an independent commission of inquiry.

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