Hong Kong protests: Armed mob violence leaves city in shock

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A protester holds a road sign as a shield following a march against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019. PHOTO | VIVEK PRAKASH | AFP

In Summary

  • The men - dressed in white shirts and suspected to be triad gangsters - assaulted pro-democracy protesters and passers-by in the Yuen Long area.
  • Footage posted on social media showed dozens of men attacking people with wooden rods and metal sticks inside the station.
  • Opposition lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting suggested the mob had ties to organised crime syndicates.
  • Mass protests have been held for weeks, initially over an extradition deal with mainland China, which the Hong Kong government has since suspended.

Hong Kong has been left in shock after a night of violence on Sunday, which saw dozens of masked men storm a train station.

The men - dressed in white shirts and suspected to be triad gangsters - assaulted pro-democracy protesters and passers-by in the Yuen Long area.

This is the first time this kind of violence has been seen in the ongoing anti-extradition demonstrations.

Several lawmakers questioned why police were slow to arrive at the scene.

Footage posted on social media showed dozens of men attacking people with wooden rods and metal sticks inside the station.

Forty-five people were injured, with one person in critical condition.

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