Hong Kong protests

Pro-democ­racy politi­cian vi­o­lently at­tacked

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HONG KONG (AP) — A knife-wielding man slashed sev­eral peo­ple and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democ­racy politi­cian in Hong Kong on Sun­day, as riot po­lice stormed sev­eral malls to thwart protesters who have been de­mand­ing gov­ern­ment re­forms for nearly five months.

The bloody at­tack erupted out­side one of those shop­ping com­plexes, Ci­ty­plaza on Hong Kong Is­land. Lo­cal me­dia said the at­tacker told his vic­tims that Hong Kong be­longs to China.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed the man bit­ing the ear of district coun­cilor Andrew Chiu, who had tried to stop him from leav­ing af­ter the stab­bings. The at­tacker was then badly beaten up by a crowd be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

The gov­ern­ment, con­demn­ing the at­tack, said five peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized in­clud­ing two in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and ap­pealed to peo­ple to stay ra­tio­nal and set aside their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences. “They should abide by the law and not to re­sort to vig­i­lan­tism,” a gov­ern­ment spokesman said in a state­ment.

The at­tack came late Sun­day, a day in which protesters had been urged on­line to gather at seven lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing malls, to sus­tain a push for po­lit­i­cal re­form.

Most of the ral­lies didn’t pan out as scores of riot po­lice took po­si­tions, search­ing and ar­rest­ing peo­ple, dis­pers­ing crowds and block­ing ac­cess to a park next to the of­fice of the city’s leader, Car­rie Lam.

Some small pock­ets of hard­core demon­stra­tors were un­de­terred.

As protesters chanted slo­gans at the New Town Plaza shop­ping mall in Sha Tin, po­lice said they moved in af­ter some “masked ri­ot­ers” with fire ex­tin­guish­ers van­dal­ized turn­stiles and smashed win­dows at the sub­way sta­tion linked to the mall.

At two malls in the New Ter­ri­to­ries in the north, protesters van­dal­ized shops, threw paint and at­tacked a branch of Ja­panese fast food chain Yoshi­noya, which has been fre­quently tar­geted af­ter the chain’s owner voiced sup­port for the Hong Kong po­lice.

Po­lice rushed into one of the malls af­ter ob­jects were thrown at them. At an­other, protesters used um­brel­las and ca­ble ties to lock the mall en­trance to pre­vent po­lice from en­ter­ing.

AP-Yon­hap

A man hits a sus­pected at­tacker af­ter an in­ci­dent broke out out­side a Hong Kong mall, Sun­day. Riot po­lice stormed sev­eral malls in Hong Kong in a move to thwart more pro-democ­racy protests, though vi­o­lence did break out when a knife-wielding man slashed sev­eral peo­ple and bit off part of the ear of a lo­cal pro-democ­racy politi­cian.

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