Six injured as knife attack crown Hong Kong's political chaos day
HONG KONG: A man was enraged with a knife Hong Kong Late Sunday, at least six people were injured, including a local pro-democratic politician who bit his ear, which crowned another chaotic day of political unrest in the city.
Flashmob demonstrations broke out in multiple shopping centers in the international financial center during the afternoon, leading to frequent clashes with riot police.
The violence was less sustained than Saturday when police and protesters fought hours of cat and mouse battles after thousands took to the streets for an unauthorized march.
But the day ended with a knife attack outside a mall in Tai Koo Shing, a middle-class neighborhood on the main island where protesters had gathered for much of the afternoon.
Eyewitnesses told local media that a Mandarin-speaking man attacked people shortly after shouting slogans in favor of Beijing.
Live images showed that Andrew Chiu, a local prodemocracy councilor, bit his ear after trying to subdue the attacker, while a second man was seen unconscious in a growing pool of blood while spectators desperately tried to hurt his back wounds. .
The alleged aggressor, who wore a gray shirt, was beaten with blood by the crowd.
Police told AFP that six people in total were injured, four men and two women, and that three people were arrested, without detailing whether the alleged attacker was among those counted as injured.
An eyewitness, who gave him his surname Leung, told RTHK News that the man shouted in Mandarin, the language spoken in the Chinese continent, before attacking his brother-in-law who argued with him.
The man came out of the door and shouted a sentence in Mandarin, seemed released Taiwan or something like that, she said.
Talking to journalists outside the hospital where they took Chiu, a legislator for democracy James to said the attacker shouted "reclaim Taiwan and Hong Kong ".
Communist China views self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
Hong Kong has been upended by the huge, often violent, pro-democracy protests which have battered the financial hub's reputation for stability and helped plunge the city into recession.
Police are firing increasing rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets against small groups of unconditional protesters who have embraced the launch of gasoline bombs and vandalism against pro-China companies.
With the city polarized desperately, street fights have erupted on both sides of the ideological division with increasing frequency.
Beijing supporters have attacked opponents throughout the summer, often in targeted attacks against prominent government critics and opposition politicians.
Earlier this month, a man who handed out flyers in favor of democracy was stabbed in the stomach by a man who shouted slogans in Mandarin and then was arrested.
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But violence is far from unilateral.
Crowds of protesters in favor of democracy have also routinely beaten their ideological opponents, usually in spontaneous violence of the mafia during demonstrations.
Without a political solution in sight, there are few signs that spiral violence and polarization diminish.
Beijing has shown no willingness to meet the demands of protesters of greater democratic freedoms and police responsibility, and activists show no signs of leaving the streets with 22 consecutive weekends of riots.
The first protests this summer in which millions marched were triggered by an attempt now abandoned to allow extraditions to the continent.
But when Beijing took a hard line, the movement shot up.
Protesters demand an investigation from the police, an amnesty for the arrested and totally free elections.