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He spends half his $1300 monthly salary on rent. This is why he's fighting for a fairer Hong Kong

Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong (CNN)Tse Lai-nam has all the gear necessary for the next Hong Kong protest. He's rarely missed one. The hard hat which has become a symbol of the semi-autonomous Chinese city's summer of discontent can be found at any hardware store, but his full-face gas mask retails online at around $200, just over 15% of his monthly salary. Fortunately, the 26-year-old received his for free, bought with donations from a crowdfunding campaign supporting the ongoing anti-government protests. Originally sparked by opposition to a now-suspended extradition bill, the unrest -- now in its eleventh week -- has expanded to include a range of demands tapping into longstanding frustrations over stalled political reform and economic injustic ...