Protests generally bring into the streets people with mixed motives for being there. When half a million people come out as in Hong Kong, it might be overstating things to attribute these protests solely to the CIA, National Endowment for Democracy or NGOs. Still – as this article points out, if we look at the equipment used to fight the police, it’s a cut above the usual material available to protesters. In addition, some of these protesters were paid to a) show up b) show bruises c) be quoted in the media.
Image from The Greanville Post