Was it a coincidence or a hint of things to come?
Executive councilor Regina Ip, touted as a potential Hong Kong leader, showed up reportedly uninvited at a Lunar New Year event in Sha Tin and was bumped off by a performer dressed as a unicorn.
The impact sent her reeling backward but witnesses said it was an accident, Apple Daily reported Monday.
The Sha Tin Rural Committee will investigate the incident, which took place during a dragon dance on Friday at the Che Kung Temple, chairman Mok Kam-kwai said.
Ip was not on the official guest list, the report said, citing several committee sources.
In response, the former security chief said she might have been invited to a different event.
Netizens quickly took to social media to mock Ip, saying they support “minimal force” in “clearing the space she occupied”.
They were referring to Ip’s pronouncements during last year’s street occupation by pro-democracy protesters.
Some villagers hailed the unicorn performer as a hero but said they doubt if he will return any time soon after quietly leaving the scene.
A clip of the incident quickly went viral on YouTube, drawing more than 115,000 views and more than 1,400 likes.
It shows the performer backing into Ip as she and other personalities enter the venue, toppling her over.
She briefly disappears from the frame and is next shown being propped back up by a man next to her.
She then gamely marches on as if nothing has happened.
Legislative councilor Elizabeth Quat, who saw what happened, said Ip was standing too close to the performers.
It could be that Ip, who is a Christian, is not used to this sort of ritual.
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