Hong Kong lawmaker stabbed amid protests
A pro-Beijing legislator suffered a serious knife attack in Hong Kong in the midst of an important protest movement that is becoming increasingly violent every day.
Lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu was stabbed by a 30-year-old man who came with a bouquet of flowers and pretended to be his supporter while the politician sought his victory this morning. The knife attacker was arrested later.
He was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and is said to be out of danger.
The incident led to a strong polarization between supporters and opponents of the prodemocratic movement. The legislator's offices were shattered and his parents' graves were desecrated.
The politician was seen by many in Hong Kong’s protests after online videos showed him shaking hands with men believed to have carried out vicious attack on demonstrators and passengers in a subway station last July.
Police said they were investigating the cause of the crime. One possibility is that the attacker, who has no history of mental illness, thought the attack could be glorified and made him a hero among prodemocratic protesters.
It is believed that he acted on his own without the support of any other protester.
Political observers ask if the government will postpone the next elections to the legislative council in view of the incident. Local opposition leaders have already expressed concern that the elections should not be postponed. But the ruling Communist Party may be interested in delaying the polls in view of the growing anger in the city.