Men in white T-shirts and carrying poles are seen in Yuen Long after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators at a train station in Hong Kong, China, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong stares at a deepening political crisis as civilians get attacked by ‘triad’ gangsters

Hong Kong Police have been criticized by the people and Democratic Party lawmakers for failing to protect anti-extradition protestors and passersby during an attack by suspected triad gangsters at a train station on Sunday.

The attack on Sunday came during a night of violence that opened a new front in Hong Kong’s widening political crisis.

Earlier on Sunday, protestors circled China’s main representative office in the city and defaced wall and signs and plunged into a clash with police.

On Sunday night, men in white T-shirts, some armed with various types of clubs, flooded into the rural Yuen Long station, and stormed a train, attacking passengers with pipes, poles and other objects, according to video footage.

Democratic Party Lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, witness to the scene, on Monday criticized police for ignoring the calls, Lam who told in the call pleaded the police to intervene and prevent the bloodshed.

Lam who was injured in the attack has been hospitalized.

He accused police of ‘deliberately turning a blind eye’ to the attacks by suspected triad on civilians.

A senior police commander responded to the accusation by giving the situation of large number of attackers compared to a group of patrol police, thereby waiting reinforcement.

The city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, condemned the attack on China’s liaison office, saying it was a “challenge” to national sovereignty.

She condemned violent behavior of any kind and described as “shocking” the apparent attack by triad criminal gangs on ordinary citizens and protesters at the station, saying authorities would investigate fully.

 

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