Blue ribbon fanatics who support Article 23 assaulting dissenting passers-by whose cell phones were thrown and damaged and yet no one was arrested
Legislative Councillor Junius Ho Kwan-yiu recently called on the Government to legislate on Article 23 of the Basic Law. He also joined the Politihk Social Strategic and the New Territories Concern Group to form the “23 Alliance” to collect signatures in various districts across the territory. Christian social worker Hendrick Lui Chi-hang and former member of the “North Of the Rings”, Wong Ka-ho, said today that they were attacked in Fanling by a number of men who supported the Article 23 legislation. They were taken to hospital with multiple injuries.
At around 5pm this afternoon, Lui said via FB live that there was an attack at the scene, but he was stopped when he stepped forward to take the shot, and the broadcast was interrupted in the confusion. More than 10 minutes later, Lui and Wong showed off their injuries in another live broadcast, after which police arrived to handle the case.
The video uploaded by Wong shows Lui and others were surrounded by more than a dozen men. Lui was kicked, slapped, punched. Someone dropped Lui’s phone vigorously to the ground. Wong was also assaulted by a group of people.
In a telephone interview with The Stand News after the incident, Wong said the incident took place near the footbridge at Fanling Railway Station when he and Lui were standing on the street, urging people to register as voters and join trade unions. Suddenly over a dozen men supporting the Article 23 legislation were chasing a young man. Lui, Wong and others came forward to stop them, and then the group of men attacked them.
Wong revealed that he suffered multiple injuries to his face and body, as well as bleeding from the corner of his eye. Lui was assaulted on the head and suffered injuries to his hands and back, and his mobile phone was stomped on. The two needed to be taken to hospital. Wong said police later arrived at the scene, but the attacker had left the scene and no arrests have been made.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 212 Offences Against the Person Ordinance section 19:
Wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm
Any person who unlawfully and maliciously wounds or inflicts any grievous bodily harm upon any other person, either with or without any weapon or instrument, shall be guilty of an offence triable upon indictment, and shall be liable to imprisonment for 3 years.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 200 Crimes Ordinance section 60:
Destroying or damaging property
(1) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.
(2) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another—
(a) intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged; and
(b) intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered,
shall be guilty of an offence.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 245 Public Order Ordinance section 18:
(1) When 3 or more persons, assembled together, conduct themselves in a disorderly, intimidating, insulting or provocative manner intended or likely to cause any person reasonably to fear that the persons so assembled will commit a breach of the peace, or will by such conduct provoke other persons to commit a breach of the peace, they are an unlawful assembly (Amended 31 of 1970 s. 11)
(2) It is immaterial that the original assembly was lawful if being assembled, they conduct themselves in such a manner as aforesaid.
(3) Any person who takes part in an assembly which is an unlawful assembly by virtue of subsection (1) shall be guilty of the offence of unlawful assembly and shall be liable— (Amended 31 of 1970 s. 11)
(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for 5 years; and
(b) on summary conviction, to a fine at level 2 and to imprisonment for 3 years.