Hong Kong is enjoying a surging economy and record low unemployment, but many residents aren't enjoying the boom as much as they should. About 100,00o of the city's poorest citizens live in cramped homes barely six feet wide in shabby apartment buildings all over the city. The middle class isn't happy either, dissatisfied with high property prices, soaring inflation, the increasing income gap between the wealthy and the poor, and a less than democratic government.
Residents are not allowed to vote directly for their leader and for many legislative posts -- one of the many issues that regularly come up during the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, when public demonstrations mark the day. The turnout for this month's events was the highest since 2004. "What you have is a whole wodge of people who have jobs but are still struggling, " says Christine Loh of the think tank Civil Exchange. "I think people are increasingly questioning why our society is the way it is."
Source: BBC News