36 in hospital after thugs brutally attack protesters in Yuen Long

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    At least 36 people were injured after a group of men in white shirts entered an MTR station in northern Hong Kong and began to indiscriminately attack protesters, passengers, and journalists following an anti-government rally last night. Dozens of men, some of whom allegedly claimed to be triad members, stormed into Yuen Long MTR station last night and began to ferociously attack people there, many of whom were returning from 

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    , in which organizers say some 430,000 people took part.

    The Hong Kong Island march was officially meant to end at Luard Road in Wan Chai, but a contingent of thousands of protesters proceeded to blow past the endpoint, occupying Harcourt Road outside the Central Government Complex, and continuing on to the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Sai Wan, which they egged and pelted with black paint. They later squared off with riot police in nearby Sheung Wan, with police ultimately firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

    As that was happening, some protesters who were heading home to Yuen Long after the main rally were greeted by the men in white shirts, who proceeded to beat them with sticks and pelt them objects. Protesters were seen trying to defend themselves with umbrellas and by hurling helmets back at the men. The men in white were seen indiscriminately attacking protesters and passengers alike, and one image purportedly from Yuen Long shows a pregnant woman who fainted during the melee.

    Journalists were also among those attacked, including Stand News reporter Gwyneth Ho, who was attacked while she was in the midst of livestreaming the chaos for the website. As of this morning, 

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    . Ho later took to Facebook to confirm her safety and to say that she had left the scene. She reported that she had been left bleeding and injured, and required stitches to her shoulder, with swelling at the back of the head and slight dizziness due to the attack. She added that her boss had accompanied her to the hospital afterwards, and that she would stay there for further observation. She went on to encourage everyone to stay safe.

    Also among the injured was Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, whose associate livestreamed the assailants 

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     (about 20 minutes in) where, if anything, the violence grew more savage. As those huddling on the train scream, the men in white continue to attack them with bamboo poles and switches. One man, pleading with the attackers to stop, appears to hand one something he had dropped, only for another punch him in the face, seemingly knocking him out. In a second video posted onto his feed, Lam, the lawmaker, can be seen 

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    At 2:30am, the Hospital Authority had announced that that they had admitted 36 people to hospitals near the area. Throughout the nearly hour-long siege of Yuen Long, police were conspicuously absent, prompting widespread condemnation from supporters of the protesters. By the time police in riot gear had arrived at the station at around 11:30pm, the crowd of assailants had already dispersed, and no arrests were made. Hundreds of people then headed to the police station in Tin Shui Wai to file reports about the incident, but officers shuttered the door there.

    In the early hours of this morning, 

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     seemingly equating the violence at Yuen Long with clashes between protesters and police in Sheung Wan following yesterday’s protest. “After the conclusion of a public procession on Hong Kong Island last night, some protesters charged Police’s cordon lines in the vicinity of Sheung Wan,” the statement reads. “They hurled bricks, smoke grenades, petrol bombs and set fires etc. Some police officers were injured in the incident. Meanwhile, assault cases also happened in Yuen Long. Some people attacked commuters at the platforms of the Yuen Long MTR Station and train compartments, resulting in multiple injuries.” “Police do not tolerate any violent behaviours,” it adds, before noting that police “are now actively following up” on both incidents. 

    Meanwhile, a 

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    : “This is absolutely unacceptable to Hong Kong as a society that observes the rule of law,” they said in a statement.


    Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah stabbed in stomach in China

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    Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah was stabbed on Saturday morning while attending a promotional event in southern China. The 64-year-old was a guest at the opening of a new Beijing Easyhome store in the city of Zhongshan, Guangdong province, when the attack happened. According to his manager, the actor was stabbed in the stomach and suffered slash wounds to his arm.

    In video footage posted on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, Yam is seen speaking to the hosts of the event and handing out gifts to various guests as they are called to the stage. But as he holds out his hand to greet a man dressed in a dark vest and jeans, the attacker pulls out a knife and lunges at him, stabbing and slashing repeatedly at the actor. The attack continues for several seconds as security guards and bystanders rush to intervene. After a scuffle, the man is subdued and led away. The footage shows Yam is clearly distressed by the attack and can be seen holding his hands to his stomach.

    In a separate clip, also posted on social media, the actor can be heard saying to an associate: “Let’s get to the hospital, to the hospital.” Yam’s manager, Lester Mo Gee-man, told the South China Morning Post that his client’s condition was not critical but his injuries were still being assessed. “He was stabbed in his stomach and slashed on his arm, but was conscious the entire time,” he said. “A preliminary investigation showed his injuries were not critical but the doctors are still deciding whether to operate on him in Zhongshan or whether we can wait until we return [to Hong Kong]. “I understand the management of Easyhome is panicking and waiting to hear back from Zhongshan public security for an update,” he said.

    According to a statement by the city’s police department, Yam was stabbed by a man at 10.17am while attending a promotional event in Zhongshan’s Huoju district. A suspect was detained at the scene. 


    The White Storm 2: Drug Lords film review

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    Considering that 2013’s over-the-top police thriller The White Storm was conceived by Benny Chan Muk-sing as 

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     of the 1980s and ’90s, this sequel in name – with a different director, screenwriters and main actors (except the returning Louis Koo Tin-lok, who is in virtually every Hong Kong film anyway) – might have seemed like a rip-off on first glance. Under the direction of the reliable Herman Yau Lai-to ( 

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    , however, The White Storm 2: Drug Lords does succeed in replicating the original film’s exhilarating action and outrageous body count, even if it makes a mess of the theme of brotherhood that gave substance to the melodramatic core of Chan’s film. This is a thoroughly thrilling, if also unabashedly superficial popcorn movie.

    The White Storm 2 opens with a 2004-set prologue, where triad member Tin (Andy Lau Tak-wah, a co-producer of the film) is ordered by his boss and uncle (Kent Cheng Jak-si) to chop off the fingers of Dizang (Koo), his blood brother for over 20 years, as the latter’s punishment for disobeying the gang and selling drugs on home turf. Meanwhile, the wife of police inspector Lam (Michael Miu Kiu-wai) dies in a related incident.

    Fast forward to the present, and Tin has left behind his criminal life, married a lawyer (Karena Lam Ka-yan), and reinvented himself as a business tycoon and philanthropist. Due to multiple drug-related tragedies in his family, Tin is hell-bent on eliminating all the major drug dealers in Hong Kong; this puts him on a collision course with the vengeful Dizang, who has since become the biggest drug lord of them all.

    In a convoluted story that occasionally gives way to shoot-outs and car chases of little significance to the main plot, we see Tin neglect legal obstacles, often brought up by Lam, to put a bounty on the drug dealers’ heads, while Dizang takes out his competition to become Tin’s No 1 nemesis. And then it’s all rendered redundant when the action climax, refreshingly set inside the crowded Central MTR station, arrives to save the film.


    Man admits to stabbing estranged wife five times after she refused to let him see daughter

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    A man admitted before a judge to stabbing his ex-wife outside Hong Kong’s Family Court because she refused to let him to see his daughter for more than two years. Chong Hay-chik, 39, used a 23-centimeter knife to stab Pang Lin, 35, five times in the abdomen outside the Family Court in Wan Chai on May 8, 2017. He had previously denied that he tried to murder Pang, but at the High Court yesterday, 

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    The court heard that the couple first met in 2011 and got married a year later and their daughter was born in 2013. However, the marriage broke down, the two legally separated in 2015, and Pang soon started refusing to let Chong see their daughter.

    Chong’s attorney told the court room that it was around this time that Chong started drinking to numb himself. Prosecutors told the court that Chong and Pang were scheduled to appear at Family Court on the afternoon of May 8, 2017 because of disputes over alimony and Chong’s visitation rights. 

    Chong’s lawyer told the court that his client had two bottles of wine that day and had arrived early at the courtroom. When he saw Pang arrive, he pulled the knife from his pocket and stabbed her in the abdomen five times before he was subdued by four security guards. Doctors found Pang with blood coming from her arm and lower back; internal bleeding in her thorax, abdomen, and pelvis; and lacerations to her right kidney and liver.

    The court also heard that she suffered a collapsed lung, intramuscular hematomas, and bone fracture and displacement. She had to undergo emergency surgery and her kidney was removed. She was 

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    , Apple Daily reports. Under caution, Chong admitted to police that he prepared the knife by wrapping it with wire and bandages so that it wouldn’t slip from his grip, and that he attacked Pang because she wouldn’t let him see their daughter.

    In mitigation, the defense said that Chong, an unemployed IT support worker, genuinely regretted his actions and that he committed the offense in a moment of passion. The defense appealed for a lenient sentence, arguing that Chong had committed the offense impulsively and under the influence of alcohol, and that he genuinely regretted his actions. Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam adjourned sentencing for July 30, pending a psychological and psychiatric report on Chong, as well as a medical report on the victim and an impact assessment.


    Woman, 69, escapes serious injury after being hit by falling window in Tsuen Wan

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    A 69-year-old woman in Hong Kong escaped serious injury after she was hit by a window that fell from a block of flats on Thursday.

    Emergency personnel were called to the scene outside Cheuk Ming Mansion in Hau Tei Square, Tsuen Wan, shortly before 10am. “No external wound was found on the victim. She complained of pain in her shoulder,” a police spokesman said. She was taken to Yan Chai Hospital for treatment.

    An initial investigation showed the window fell from a first-floor flat of the 15-storey building, according to a police source. “The window fell when a female tenant was opening it,” he said, adding that officers had taken the tenant to Tsuen Wan police station for inquiries.

    On Tuesday at 2.30pm, a woman, 63, was 

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      at a residential block in Mayfair Gardens off Sai Shan Road, Tsing Yi. The frame fell when a man, 31, was carrying out decoration work on the external wall of a flat, according to police. Officers then arrested the man for manslaughter. He was granted bail on Wednesday pending further investigation.


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