A long march in the glaring summer sun is a daunting prospect even for those with youth on their side. But a large number of elderly people are taking to Hong Kong's streets today out of concern over possible curbs on the civil liberties of future generations. Sixty-nine-year-old Tung Mui seldom participates in marches. Health concerns usually keep her at home. But today is an exception. 'We have to be concerned about our future generation ... in the future, even if they are exploited or have any grievances, they may not dare to voice their anger once the Article 23 legislation is passed,' she said. Madam Tung believes the enactment of national security laws is the government's first step towards gradually eroding the special administrative region's freedom of expression. 'It's like Albert Cheng's Teacup in a Storm [radio talk show] - why does the government have to give out warnings just because he criticised officials?' she said. Madam Tung is illiterate, but she keeps abreast of current issues by listening to the radio and watching television news. In the past, she said, she has been more concerned about welfare and health issues. But now, the elderly woman fears the freedom of Hong Kong people will be taken away with the passage of the laws. 'In the future, we old people may not be able to voice our discontent with the government when having dim sum in restaurants,' she said. The government was rushing the bill through, reflecting their indifference to the problems faced by the people of Hong Kong, she said. 'This government has not cared for the Hong Kong people, especially the poor, over the past six years. If they really care, they should first deal with the problem of unemployment, not put all their efforts into rushing through the law,' she said. Although she is disappointed with the government, she still hopes that a large turnout today will prompt ministers to listen to the voice of the people. 'Of course, if they insist on passing the bill, we ordinary citizens can do nothing ... but even if it's only a slim chance, I hope they will listen to us,' she said.