Five peo­ple hurt by knife­man as protests rage on

Hong Kong: At­tacker bit off part of politi­cian’ s ear

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - WORLD NEWS - BY EILEEN NG

A knife-wielding man has slashed sev­eral peo­ple and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democ­racy politi­cian in Hong Kong.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ports say at least five peo­ple were in­jured, in­clud­ing two in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, af­ter the at­tack which came as riot po­lice stormed shop­ping cen­tres to thwart pro-democ­racy protests.

On­line calls had urged protesters to gather and sus­tain a push for po­lit­i­cal re­form af­ter a chaotic day of clashes with po­lice on Satur­day.

Most of the ral­lies did not pan out yes­ter­day 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 em­bat­tled Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam.

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

At two shop­ping cen­tres in the New Ter­ri­to­ries, protesters van­dalised shops, threw paint and at­tacked a branch of Ja­panese fast food chain Yoshi­noya, whose owner has backed the po­lice.

Po­lice rushed into one of the shop­ping cen­tres af­ter ob­jects were thrown at them.

Later, po­lice stormed the Ci­ty­plaza shop­ping com­plex on Hong Kong Is­land af­ter protesters sprayed graf­fiti at a res­tau­rant.

Last night out­side Ci­ty­plaza, a man slashed sev­eral peo­ple with a knife and bit off part of the ear of district coun­cil­lor Andrew

Chiu who was try­ing to stop him leav­ing. Lo­cal me­dia said the man told his vic­tims that Hong Kong be­longs to China.

TV footage showed him bit­ing the coun­cil­lor’s ear and be­ing badly beaten by a crowd af­ter the at­tack, be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

At least five peo­ple were in­jured, two of them crit­i­cally and two se­ri­ously.

The protests be­gan in June over a now-shelved plan to al­low ex­tra­di­tions to main­land China but have be­come a move­ment seek­ing other de­mands, in­clud­ing di­rect elec­tions for Hong Kong’s lead­ers and an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into po­lice con­duct.

Mrs Lam has re­fused to budge on the de­mands, and in­stead has fo­cused on cre­at­ing jobs and eas­ing hous­ing woes in one of the world’s most ex­pen­sive cities.

She in­voked emer­gency pow­ers last month to ban face masks at ral­lies, pro­vok­ing fur­ther anger.

“Riot po­lice took po­si­tions, search­ing and ar­rest­ing peo­ple”

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