About 50 people gathered for a vigil at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Monday night to mourn those who died in a Xinjiang fire after it was locked down amid Covid restrictions.

As the protests against strict Covid-19 rules escalated in China, some mainlanders studying in Hong Kong related the unrest to the city’s 2019 movement. Two of them tell HKFP of their political awakening, and their fears for how the wave of dissent back home might end.

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Lea Mok

Lea Mok is a multimedia reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously contributed to StandNews, The Initium, MingPao and others. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.