Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement has inspired the younger generation in Macau to press for universal suffrage in their own city, young locals joining a pro-democracy rally say. Nearly 100 young protesters took to the streets yesterday as President Xi Jinping urged Macau to strengthen education for the younger generation to safeguard patriotism. The peaceful rally was organised by the New Macau Association to call for a fair and open political system. High school pupil Mark Pang, 15, raised a yellow umbrella - a symbol of the Occupy movement - and said: "I don't want to be brainwashed." Mark said he had been keeping an eye on Hong Kong's civil disobedience action and visited the Admiralty site earlier this month. But he added: "Having the right to elect our chief executive feels like a distant dream." Watch: Protesters march through Macau for free leadership elections The protesters called on their government to roll out political reform next year and implement universal suffrage in 2019. Form Six pupil Carsun Ho, 17, said Hongkongers were "brave and dedicated" in their pursuit of democracy. Most Macau residents were conservative in their political outlook, Carsun said, but Occupy had aroused more awareness in society about political rights despite being little reported in the local media. However, Macau pro-democracy lawmaker Au Kam-sun admitted the turnout was the lowest in recent years for such protests. "Some people in Macau had started to worry and had reservations about universal suffrage as the Occupy movement dragged on without progress," Au said. Xi was in Macau to inaugurate the fourth-term government and mark the 15th anniversary of the city's handover. Another local political group, the Labour Party, took the chance to co-organise a march with a trade union that drew hundreds of people, mostly the elderly. They urged the government to hold direct elections and build more public flats. The party's deputy chairman, Lee Kin-yun, criticised the police for infringed their freedom by preventing them from marching on time. Many of the elderly said they did not know why they were at the rally and refused to give their names. A 71-year-old woman admitted she was there only for the "gifts" given out by the union.