Teenagers beaten at the hands of Sheung Shui triads, teenage girl seen kidnapped, police state that “the protesters in black are far more dangerous”
Several “blue ribbon fanatics” were seen publicly assaulting teenagers and even seizing a young girl, according to witnesses. The incident happened at noon, where around 20 individuals armed with batons and steel pipes, some of whom were also masked, appeared in Sheung Shui Centre and chased after teenagers wearing black, violently beating them up, after protesters set up roadblocks on Lung Wan Street beside North District Town Hall during the morning hours. During then, a teenage girl who was also part of the protesters could be seen being seized and forced away by a suspicious man in white on Lung Wan Street.
The incident, taking place at a ‘memorial wall’ between Sheung Shui Centre and North District Town Hall, occurred when the armed individuals crossed paths with the protesters wearing black, who chased and attacked them after yelling, ” Don’t run!”, as citizens witnessing the scene cried in terror. An unmasked teenager wearing black was on on the verge of falling victim to the beatings after his unsuccessful attempt to prevent the attacks, even collapsing onto the ground himself. Fortunately, citizens nearby yelling “Save him!” came to his rescue, carrying him away from the armed individuals and pleading them not to beat him anymore, to which did they briefly stop their attacks towards the teenager. The witnesses all condemned the attackers’ acts, some passersby even throwing insults, saying, “They were just passing by, dimwits!” The attackers later marched to the neighboring streets, which could be interpreted as supporting the others in their beatings towards those in black. Another footage further revealed the cruelty of the “blue ribbon fanatics”, where they were seen chasing a protester in black into a corner and severely beat him up afterwards, all while a large group of witnesses standing by and watching them.
Other relevant videos showed a teenage girl in black being forcefully seized as other protesters were being attacked on Lung Wan Street. The girl, held tight by a man in white, was left alone after surrounding protesters retreated after falling victim to the fanatics’ attacks. The man, though hearing “Release her!” and “Don’t take her away!” from the crowd, did not loosen his grasp on the girl, even when her top was stretched above her waist. The girl being seized was continuously crying for help the entire time, however being deaf to both her and the crowd’s cries, her kidnapper threw a brick towards his front and went on dragging the girl’s collar and neck, pulling her forward. In the last moments of the video, several ‘blue ribbon fanatics’ were seen running forward, attempting to purse those in black, yet the teenage girl’s whereabouts remained unknown at the end of the footage, which caused worries for her safety. Later, the girl was reported to have successfully escaped from the gangsters, but some still had their doubts concerning why the shoes the girl wore were not identical with those in the video. Some witnesses claimed to have seen the girl’s successful escape, and suspected that the ‘blue ribbon fanatics’ were actually triads or members of the ‘Hokkien Gang’.
Apple Daily reporters reported seeing no signs of the gang members of the ‘blue ribbon fanatics’ or protesters wearing back, who dispersed swiftly during the gang’s attacks. Upon investigation, a single broken expandable police baton and a black pouch used to contain the baton was found on the site where the conflicts took place. Bloodstains were also found on the ground, though it is unclear whether it was due to the blows that the protesters received. Paramedics arrived and departed shortly after since no wounded individuals were seen in the vicinity
A certain man was later identified in all the videos and photos available to be the same person. He was dark -skinned, wore an unzipped dark top and dark green trousers and had his hair up. The man was seen attacking the protesters in black using an expandable police baton. Sources identify the man as Lo (surname), a reinforcement fixing worker in the construction industry. His WeChat icon screenshot was posted on the Internet, and his posts mentioned “Establishment of the loving China and Hong Kong Jiangmen Heshan Organization” and also “Full support from the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government”. Some believed that he is a member of the Jiangmen Heshan Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government. He also appeared in Apple Daily’s livestream recording on 14th September, where the “Love Country Activity” took place, and that he claimed he would take the lives of anyone present that had political views the opposite of his.
Senior Superintendent, Kong Wing Cheung of the Police Public Relations Branch stated during the press conference that the police rushed to the scene after the case had been reported and attempted to search for suspicious individuals, however were shouted at by around 100 people in black, and claimed that “the individuals we found most worthy of suspicion were these people in black. No reports were filed for the girl that had been reported being abducted.