Oscar Lai, of the newly-formed Demosistō party, confronted two of his “minders” during last Friday’s pro-democracy protests outside Government House.

Footage filmed by Cloud, and translated by HKFP, showed Lai singling out two men in the crowd. Lai claimed the pair had followed him all day, since the rally began hours earlier in Causeway Bay.

Rather than fade into the crowd, the men claimed they were following Lai as they “admired” him. Lai then encouraged the men to chant pro-democracy slogans and take photos with him.

The clip was shared over 100 times on Facebook and was viewed by over 6,000 people.

Many praised Lai for being “clever,” with one commenter saying: “[Having] the ability to adapt to the circumstances and think on one’s feet is a sign of a leader.”

Another said, “Maybe deep down those two also really want to kick out CY Leung.”

Video courtesy of Cloud. Translation: Chantal Yuen and Gene Lin. Words: Tom Grundy.

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