Professional-Beijing lawmaker stabbed by ‘pretend supporter’ in Hong Kong

The moment before Mr Ho (right, white shirt) was attacked by the man in the blue shirtPicture copyright
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The second earlier than Mr Ho (proper, white shirt) was attacked by the person within the blue shirt


A professional-Beijing lawmaker in Hong Kong has been stabbed on the street by a person pretending to be a supporter.

In footage posted on-line, a person is seen approaching Junius Ho with flowers earlier than reaching right into a bag – saying he needs an image – however as an alternative lunging at Mr Ho with a knife.


Mr Ho, who was wounded, and others then wrestle him to the bottom.

The stabbing is the most recent in a sequence of assaults on folks on both aspect of the Hong Kong protests.

In July, pro-democracy protesters accused Mr Ho of serving to to organise assaults on civilians in Yuen Lengthy station.

Dozens of masked males wearing white shirts – suspected to be triad gangsters – assaulted pro-democracy protesters and passers-by.

Afterwards, Mr Ho reportedly stated the attackers have been “defending their dwelling and folks”, however denied any involvement.

He was additionally seen shaking palms with the attackers and giving them the thumbs-up.

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Media captionA big group of masked males in white T-shirts stormed Yuen Lengthy station

What occurred in Wednesday’s assault?

Mr Ho was campaigning for Hong Kong’s elections, being held later this month, when a person in a blue t-shirt and carrying a back-to-front baseball cap approached him.

The person apparently stated “everybody has seen your efforts”, earlier than Mr Ho took the flowers.

The “supporter” then stated “let me take my cellular out” earlier than reaching into his bag and stabbing Mr Ho. He was then wrestled to the bottom by a gaggle of individuals, together with Mr Ho.

The lawmaker was then seen being taken into an ambulance. Two different folks have been additionally reportedly harm.

Police stated a suspect had been arrested, and that each one three victims have been acutely aware.

After the assault, Mr Ho launched a press release through which he stated “black forces” have been focusing on pro-establishment candidates.

“I’ll stay brave and fearless,” he stated.

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Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho, pictured in July

Who else has been attacked in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s protests – which began in June – now flare up each weekend, with clashes between protesters and police getting more and more violent.

Retailers and companies seen as being pro-Beijing are additionally repeatedly attacked.

On the identical time, assaults on teams and people, typically away from the principle protests, have additionally elevated.

Final weekend, not less than 5 folks have been injured in a knife assault at a pro-democracy protest in a shopping center. An area councillor had his ear partially bitten off whereas attempting to cease the attacker leaving.

Final month, activist Jimmy Sham was attacked by a gaggle of 5 males with hammers.

The Hong Kong Free Press says not less than three different candidates in November’s elections have additionally been attacked in current weeks.

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Media captionKnife assault amidst protests in Hong Kong shopping center

Who’s Junius Ho?

Mr Ho is a 57-year-old lawyer who grew to become a member of Hong Hong’s Legislative Council in 2016.

He attended Anglia Ruskin College within the UK, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011. Nevertheless, the college eliminated the honour final month after strain on-line and from politicians.

“Mr Ho’s conduct since he was honoured has prompted rising concern,” the college stated.

In 2017 he was accused of claiming protesters needs to be “killed” – however later stated his phrases had been mistranslated – and was additionally accused of linking homosexuality to bestiality.

After he was accused of supporting the Yuen Lengthy assaults, his workplace was attacked and his mother and father’ graves vandalised.

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A professional-government supporter is attacked by an anti-extradition supporter exterior the workplace of Junius Ho in July