Hong Kong protests: The video game-like roles taken when demonstrations turn violent, from ‘fire wizards’ to scouts

Though the recent movement is largely leaderless, individual protesters have clearly defined jobs during mass rallies that end in stand-offs with police

Kelly FungDoris Wai |

Latest Articles

Hong Kong's first month under the national security law

‘Dangerous Remedy’ book review: a fascinating tale of the French revolution - with a supernatural twist

EDM duo Sofi Tukker connects during Covid with 'House Arrest'

Anti-government protesters have different roles during demonstrations.

The recent political unrest shows no signs of abating, as peaceful marches and demonstrations have often escalated into violent street clashes between the protesters and police.

Though the movement is largely leaderless, individual protesters have clearly defined functions if a mass rally ends in a stand-off with police. Some roles have job titles that are inspired by video game culture and role-playing games in particular, such as “fire wizard” or “scouts”.

Here we take a closer look at the different roles and formations used by protesters.