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Pro-democracy activists have taken to Hong Kong's streets to protest what they fear is a Chinese crackdown on their democratic autonomy.

Fusion chatted via Facebook with several young people (all in their 20s or early 30s) who currently live in Hong Kong about what they are seeing on the ground.

Laura Liu He, Asia correspondent, MarketWatch and Wall Street Journal digital network.

Sophia Chan, teacher, University of Hong Kong

Sharon Anne Lee, in between jobs

Here are their comments, in their own words:

On the protesters:

On their goals:

 On the future:

 On social media:

On China's censorship: 

On economic and day-to-day impacts:

Emily DeRuy is a Washington, D.C.-based associate editor, covering education, reproductive rights, and inequality. A San Francisco native, she enjoys Giants baseball and misses Philz terribly.