Five people hurt by knifeman as protests rage on
Hong Kong: Attacker bit off part of politician’ s ear
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”