Metal barricades were one of the protesters’ weapons of choice. Photo: Dickson Lee

Armed radicals or indecisive and leaderless – who are the protesters who clashed violently with police after Hong Kong extradition bill march?

  • Communicating via an encrypted chat group, masked youth who battled with police in early hours of Monday had only a vague plan and often contradicted themselves
  • Police see it differently, with 19 ‘prepared and organised’ protesters arrested and dozens of weapons, including lighters and cutters, seized
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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Metal barricades were one of the protesters’ weapons of choice. Photo: Dickson Lee
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Su Xinqi

Su Xinqi

Su Xinqi covers Hong Kong-mainland relational issues for the Post's Hong Kong desk. She has previously worked for Reuters and Initium Media in a variety of roles including researcher, content producer, and news editor.

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Christy Leung

Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao

Shirley joined the Post in 2013 after reporting from China for a Hong Kong-based magazine. She has covered education, and now focuses on housing, land and planning.