HK protests: armed gang launches vicious attack on group outside Yuen Long MTR station

01-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Police are searching for a group of masked men who attacked six people outside a Hong Kong railway station on Thursday night.

The attack happened at Yuen Long MTR station around 11pm when four of the victims were checking posters on a “Lennon Wall” in Long Yat Road, according to Yuen Long district councillor Ng Kin-wai.

He said the other two victims were passers-by who tried to stop the attack. Ng, who knows some of the victims, said he rushed to the scene after learning about the incident.

The victims claimed two of the attackers were armed with retractable batons, and some shouted “cockroach” while assaulting the victims, Ng said. Cockroach is an insult that has been aimed at anti-government protesters during the civil unrest.

An online video showed one woman being repeatedly punched after she fell to the floor in the attack.

The gang of about 10 attackers fled in the direction of Nam Pin Wai Village before police arrived. Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made.

According to police, four men and two women, aged between 16 and 42, were injured in the assault.

Most of the victims suffered injuries to their arms and legs, while one suffered a head injury. All were taken to the area’s Pok Oi Hospital for treatment.

A 30-year-old woman had her HK$10,000 mobile phone stolen in the incident.

Lennon Walls have appeared around the city over the past six months, and are areas where messages of support for the anti-government movement are posted.


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