If news travels fast, it zings.
Tuesday night’s violence in Mong Kok produced its first viral sensation in a “young woman” who was reportedly severely injured and later died in hospital.
A clip showing the purported victim with a bloodied face and describing her as a teenager is making the rounds of social media.
As it turns out, the victim is a man with long hair and he is not dead, Apple Daily reports.
The man’s sister, surnamed Chan, recognized him from the viral video and decided to come forward to set the record straight.
“There are rumors that the person in the video was in ICU and that the person had died,” she said.
“I can recognize my brother from any photo or video. I felt it necessary to clarify a few things.”
Chan said she immediately went to Kwong Wah Hospital and found her brother under observation but not in intensive care, let alone in a coma, as rumored.
There were no broken bones or any head wounds but there were signs of bleeding in his nose, she said.
Police barred Chan from talking to him.
Chan said she contacted the Mong Kok police station the next day but did not get to speak to the officer in charge of the case.
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