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Denied an education in the name of ‘free market’ economy, the elderly, semi-literate Hong Kong cleaners and sweepers betrayed by its colonial masters

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In wet markets like this, swimming pools, parks and on the streets in Hong Kong is an army of underemployed and elderly cleaners and sweepers. They are the victim’s of colonial officials’ opposition to free compulsory education, which left those from poor families semi-literate at best. Photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In wet markets like this, swimming pools, parks and on the streets in Hong Kong is an army of underemployed and elderly cleaners and sweepers. They are the victim’s of colonial officials’ opposition to free compulsory education, which left those from poor families semi-literate at best. Photo: Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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