In Hong Kong, an accountant by day can be a street fighter by night

A look at what's driving regular office workers on the path to radical dissent

HONG KONG • The six friends, then in their early 20s, met on an online messaging board where they traded advice on stocks and investing. Their bond grew as they pursued careers and dreams, securing white-collar jobs, girlfriends and wives.

A decade on, they now swop notes on the most effective concoctions for Molotov cocktails. Rather than scouring Hong Kong for the best bubble tea and hot pot, they compare brands of respirators and helmets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'In HK, an accountant by day can be a street fighter by night'. Print Edition | Subscribe