An activist against parallel trading was attacked by several men who warned him “not to stir up trouble again”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The assault on Ronald Leung Kam-shing took place by the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin sometime after 11 p.m. on Sunday, said Max Chung kin-ping, a fellow activist who visited Leung in the hospital after learning of the incident.
Leung, a convenor for the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group, had organized protests over the past several years calling on the government to curb parallel trading in the district. The latest one was held in Sheung Shui in July.
Citing what Leung told him, Chung, the organizer of the July 27 “Reclaim Yuen Long” rally, told media that about four or five men approached Leung while he was walking by the river across the private residential estate City One Shatin that night.
The men, who Leung said were Chinese, spread some unidentified white power on his face before using what appeared to be rattan sticks to attack him in the head, hands and back.
Leung suffered multiple bruises as a result, Chung said.
The men told Leung to stop “stirring up trouble” and that the beating was “a warning”, Chung said.
Leung later called the police, who asked him whether he was notifying the police or filing a report of the case.
Leung then replied he wanted to have an examination in the hospital first before making a formal report to the police.
Leung said he had drunk alcohol before the incident happened, and that he could not clearly see his attackers after they spread the powder on his face.
Police said they had received a report from a man surnamed Leung, who said he had been attacked by men with whom he was spending some leisure time near the Sing Mun River on Sunday night.
Police also said Leung did not want to hold anyone accountable but only asked to be sent to hospital for treatment.
For the time being, the case is listed “alleged assault”. The Sha Tin District Crime Squad is handling the case.
Leung has been discharged from the hospital on Monday morning.
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