The mainland tourist who was beaten unconscious after trying to mediate in a fight at a jewelry shop in Hung Hom died Tuesday at 10:45 a.m., public broadcaster RTHK reported.
Four people have been arrested.
They include a 32-year-old mainland female tour guide, surnamed Deng, and a 53-year-old female tourist, surnamed Zhang.
Zhang was on the same tour, guided by Deng, as the 54-year-old man, surnamed Miao, who died in hospital.
Police also arrested a 44-year-old local tour guide in Wan Chai and a 32-year-old mainland man in Hung Hom.
A preliminary investigation showed Deng and Zhang got into a fight at the jewelry shop Monday because Zhang refused to make a purchase.
When Miao tried to mediate, he was hit. He was reportedly dragged out of the shop and beaten unconscious.
The cause of death will be the subject of an autopsy report.
Police are now treating the case as manslaughter as well as fighting in a public place.
Chinese state news agency Xinhua quoted the China National Tourism Administration as expressing deep concern over the issue and hoping Hong Kong officials can find out the cause of the incident as soon as possible and safeguard mainland tourists’ rights.
Yiu Si-wing, a lawmaker representing the tourism sector, said in a RTHK radio program it was a tragic incident.
He admitted that he had heard of “shadow tourists”, who were inserted in local tours to persuade or even to force foreign tourists to shop at certain establishments.
Local tour guides and travel agencies are responsible for reminding tourists to obey Hong Kong laws and to prevent any unlawful acts, Yiu stressed.
Lawmaker Chiang Lai-wan said she found the case unbelievable.
Chiang said it would badly affect Hong Kong’s tourism business.
She urged the completion of the documents for the setting up of a Travel Industry Authority by year-end.
The authority will replace the existing Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, which has no power to apply sanctions against parties which violate regulations.
The jewelry shop is still open for business today.
Its staff refused to comment on the case, as it is now under investigation.
Mainland tourist beaten unconscious after row at jewelry store (Oct. 20, 2015)
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