“Fujian Gang” attack civilians at Fortress Hill
Attacks were reported at the Lennon Wall near Fortress Hill MTR station. An online video showed four masked middle-aged men tearing down posters and anti-government messages from the Lennon Wall at Fortress Hill, at around midnight. One of them was holding a rod that appeared to be a PVC water pipe. Residents were recording videos nearby and from across the street.
The four men suddenly approached a black-clad man who was filming nearby. Residents across the street shouted “Stop”, “Someone is beating people” and “Gangsters”, while running towards the four masked men. A woman, who was filming with her cellphone, said to the gang, “You can tear down (the posters) but you can’t beat people” and “Speak proper Cantonese, mainlanders!” One of the masked men then attacked her; another took out a pipe-like object and attacked onlookers who tried to protect the woman.
The four assailants then walked towards North Point. A citizen in black shirt approached them and asked, “Where is my phone?”, and was struck to the ground by one of them. The victim said he had done nothing (to trigger the attack).
The Hong Kong Police said they received a report at 00:24. A 31-year-old male was involved with a fight with four Chinese men over a “staring incident” near Fortress Hill MTR station. He was attacked by the group, suffering face, chest and hand injuries. The four men fled the scene afterwards. At 00:40, police received another report of assault at the same location. Fight erupted between a 29-year-old male and a group of three Chinese men in their 40s to 50s, reportedly over a “filming incident”. The group was said to have attacked the 29-year-old, one of them with a hard object, causing injuries to the victim’s face.
Police listed the cases as Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. No arrests have been made so far. The two victims were sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai for treatment.