Edward Leung Tin-kei, a prominent member of the localist group Hong Kong Indigenous who has been barred from running in next month’s Legislative Council election, was involved in a scuffle with a reporter from pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao inside the Tai Koo MTR Station on Saturday night.
The incident resulted in Leung’s shirt being torn and his mobile phone crashing to the ground, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Police confirmed receiving a report that two men were fighting inside the Tai Koo Station at around 11:50 p.m. Saturday.
A man surnamed Lo, 42, said he was attacked by another man at the station, according to the report.
No one was arrested and the case was classified as alleged fighting in public.
As seen on video clips circulating online, Leung and the other man, wearing a grey top, were swearing at each other loudly while MTR station staff tried to separate and pacify them.
According to online news website Dot Dot News, Ta Kung Pao said its reporter, surnamed Lo, tried to get a response from Leung about a certain media report, but the activist refused to comment.
Then Leung followed Lo and threw punches at him, causing the reporter to sustain bruises to his face, neck and chest, the pro-Beijing newspaper said.
Meanwhile, Apple Daily reported that Leung revealed in a web radio interview just before the incident happened that he has become a victim of paparazzi reporting from Ta Kung Pao reporters, who he said repeatedly threatened to dig up negative information about his family.
Leung revealed in the interview that he was tempted to beat the reporters who have been bugging him but he held back as they were recording him on video all the time.
Netizens who tried to dig up information about Lo said the reporter used to work for Face Magazine before transferring to Ta Kung Pao.
The netizens also posted Lo’s Facebook account and mobile phone number as well as other personal information on social media, but they were all deleted later.
Meanwhile, Ta Kung Pao published a report on Leung in the early hours of Monday, suggesting that he has been living a lavish lifestyle, despite describing himself as jobless.
Ta Kung Pao reporters who had put Leung under close surveillance said the activist had been seen sitting on an Audi Saloon, which had been purchased for HK$300,000 by a company called Channel i (HK) Ltd., whose sole directors were Leung himself and Ray Wong Toi-yeung, founder of Hong Kong Indigenous.
The newspaper also said Leung has been living in a serviced apartment in Quarry Bay, which would have cost him at least HK$24,000 a month in rent, spends at least HK$150 per meal, and could be spending HK$1,800 on cigarettes alone.
The newspaper questioned how a jobless person could afford such a lifestyle if he was not getting financial backing from some individuals or groups.
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