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We'll 'celebrate later': Christmas cards for HK protesters

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We'll 'celebrate later': Christmas cards for HK protesters

We'll 'celebrate later': Christmas cards for HK protesters

Hong Kong residents gathered all over the city to write Christmas cards to the protesters still in detention as demonstrations grind on through the holiday season.

Joe Davies reports.

Christmas won't be the same in Hong Kong this year.

Thousands have been arrested since anti-government protests erupted more than six months ago, and an undisclosed number will spend the holidays behind bars.

But even for those who can enjoy Christmas with loved ones, like Felix Wong, there's a feeling of guilt that others aren't so lucky.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 35-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, FELIX WONG, SAYING: "I don't even want to celebrate because so many people are seriously injured.

They are maybe beaten by police seriously and cannot see the doctor and they are not allowed to be sent to hospital.

That's what I know." And so some Hong Kong residents have come together to write Christmas cards to the protesters still in detention.

During their lunch break, wherever they can find space to lean, people here of all ages are putting pen to paper, to remind those held by the authorities that they haven't been forgotten.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 35-YEAR-OLD HONG KONG RESIDENT, FELIX WONG, SAYING: "We didn't forget about them.

We're not partying just happily without them.

We are going to celebrate later, not now." Those arrested in recent months are as young as 11 and as old as 84.

The gulf in age perhaps matched only by chasm between their feelings and those who rule them.




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