Media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai was attacked by some men at the Occupy protest site in Admiralty in a bizarre incident Wednesday.
A group of men threw rotten animal organs at Lai as he was making one of his periodic visits to the site where student activists have been camped out since late September to press for political reforms.
The attack was launched by at least three males, who were subsequently caught and held down by some activists and handed over to the police, Ming Pao Daily News reported. The trio was arrested on suspicion of common assault.
Meanwhile, two activists — identified as Kwok Siu-kit and Or Yiu-lam — who helped hold down the assailants were also put under arrest by the police Wednesday night for engaging in an unlawful fight in a public place, the report said.
The Occupy Central secretariat has assigned lawyers to assist the pair.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) secretary-general Alex Chow said it is shocking that people who were trying to stop others from committing a crime were themselves arrested.
“Is this a professional judgment or a political one?” Chow said in a question directed at the police.
Scholarism group founder Joshua Wong said he was disappointed with the police action. The Occupy Central prefects were merely helping the police in maintaining order within the protest zone, he said.
Democratic Party chief executive Lam Cheuk-ting said it is worrying that the police acted in such a way.
The police, meanwhile, said the case is now being handled by the Regional Crime Unit at the Central Police Office; and stressed that no violence will be tolerated, regardless of people’s background.
According to witnesses, two women showed up at the Admiralty site as “scouts” at around 4 pm Wednesday, before three men arrived at a place roughly six feet outside a camp where Jimmy Lai was in.
Stinking pig organs were thrown into the camp, hitting Lai and leaving stains on his clothes. Prefects rushed to the scene and stopped the three men, tying the hands and legs of one of the men with plastic strips.
Lai, 67, walked out of the camp and left the site without reporting the case to the police. He told reporters that it is “only stinky, not a big deal”.
He won’t be deterred by the attack, the Next Media chief said, adding that he will continue to visit the Occupy site.
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