The stabbing took place hours before a peaceful prayer service in Edinburgh Place. (AP: Mark Schiefelbein)
A second pro-democracy campaigner has been violently attacked in Hong Kong, with a teenager being stabbed hours before a prayer event.
- Bystanders tended to the teenager’s wounds on the street before paramedics arrived
- Police say they have attested a 22-year-old man over the attack
- Protesters plan to march in a rally today, despite the police banning the demonstration
The 19-year-old was handing out leaflets near a train station on Saturday night when he was slashed across the neck and stabbed in the stomach.
Local broadcaster RTHK reports that passers-by tried to stem the bleeding before the teenager was transported to hospital.
According to a witness, the attacker said, “Hong Kong is part of China”.
Police say they have arrested a 22-year-old man over the incident.
He was taken to hospital with bloody head injuries but remained conscious, the Civil Human Rights Front said on its Facebook page.
Civil Human Rights Front convenor Jimmy Sham was hospitalised after last week’s attack. (Apple Daily via AP)
The latest attack came just hours before hundreds of people attended a prayer event on Hong Kong Island calling on the international community to support the protest movement.
Anti-government protesters gathered at Edinburgh Place on Saturday evening, praying and called on the international community to put pressure on the government ahead of a planned march today.
Hong Kong has been relatively calm in the past two weeks after violent protests ignited by the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws.
Demonstrations on Friday saw protesters forming a human chain along the metro network and many wearing masks in defiance of a ban on covering faces at public rallies.
Protesters defied a ban against wearing face mask during a Friday night protest. (AP: Kin Cheung)
Pro-democracy leaders have called on citizens to join anti-government march planned for today in spite of the risk of arrest.
Police banned the rally, which is seen as a test of the protest movement’s strength following months of unrest.
Organizers said demonstrators would defy the police because Hong Kong’s constitution guarantees the right to protest.
“We don’t think that because police haven’t given their approval we shouldn’t demonstrate,” Figo Chan, vice-convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told reporters.
“Even though they have rejected our appeal, there will surely be many residents taking to the streets.”
Suspect who sparked extradition bill to surrender
On Saturday Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the murder suspect whose case inadvertently helped ignite the city’s protest movement wants to surrender to authorities in Taiwan after he is released from prison later this week for a different offence.
Ms Lam said on a radio show that Chan Tong-Kai’s decision to surrender has led to a “relatively relieving” conclusion to the case.
Mr Chan is wanted by Taiwanese authorities for allegedly killing his girlfriend during a trip to the self-ruled island last year, but was not sent back to face charges because there was no extradition agreement, though he was jailed in Hong Kong on money laundering charges.
Ms Lam had tried to resolve the case by proposing extradition amendments, but the bill sparked massive protests over fears they would put Hong Kong residents at risk of being sent into mainland China’s Communist Party-controlled judicial system.