If you want some wider context as to why people are still on the streets in Hong Kong, check out Xi Jinping's lengthy and extremely detailed guidance to authors and miscellaneous arts workers. It's worth reading in full, partly because some of his gripes about the crappy state of commercial culture are the kind of thing you hear everywhere, except that they're now crammed weirdly into a neo-Maoist schema and partly because as you plough through it you realise that this isn't the usual flap and doodle. He means this stuff, and means to do something about it. Oh, and this:
Xi Jinping pointed out that every age has a spirit of the age. Literature and art are the engineering project of casting souls, literature and art workers are engineers of the souls.
Now where have we seen that before?
In fairness I always thought that comment actually had some truth to it. A lot of writers and artists do consider themselves to be engineers of human souls. It's just that they also consider themselves to be self-employed.