Graves of lawmaker Junius Ho’s parents vandalized

July 24, 2019 15:26
The graves of Junius Ho's parents were desecrated after the lawmaker was seen shaking hands with white-shirt men who had earlier attacked activists and other commuters at the Yuen Long MTR Station on Sunday night. Photo: Internet

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu reported to the police that the graves of his parents had been desecrated, days after he was seen shaking hands with some of the white-clad men who attacked pro-democracy activists and other commuters wearing black shirts at the Yuen Long MTR Station on Sunday night.

Police received a report on Tuesday night that his parents' two graves in Leung Tin Village in Tuen Mun had been desecrated.

Photos circulating on social media since Tuesday afternoon showed decorations on the gravestones had been damaged while flowers used for worship had been burned.

Chinese swear words and remarks such as government-triad collusion had also been spray-painted on the gravestones as well as on the wall and the ground near the graves.

It was later revealed that the graves have been occupying a government land parcel, measuring nearly 1,000 square feet, which was originally intended to be the site of a service reservoir.

Police dispatched about 10 uniformed officers and plainclothesmen to the scene to conduct an initial investigation, and later listed the case as criminal damage. 

The case has been transferred to the District Crime Squad of the Tuen Mun District for follow-ups, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

After checking the damage to the graves, Ho said the vandalism was quite outrageous, adding that the incident would anger both humans and gods.

He said if anyone had an issue with him, they should talk it over with him instead of venting their anger on his parents' graves.

He urged those responsible for the vandalism to turn themselves in and for the opposition to stop playing games, which he said would do no good to anyone.

Observers believe the incident was in retaliation for Ho’s support for the gangsters' attack on both protesters and other commuters who happened to be wearing a black shirt.

On Monday, Ho’s office in Tsuen Wan was trashed by protesters who accused him of being behind Sunday night’s violence in Yuen Long.

Several hours before the graves were vandalized, Ho told a radio program that he did not regret having shaken hands with some of the white-shirt gangsters, and he even praised them for “defending their homes”.

Ho also requested Council Front lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who was also guest at the radio program, to call on the people to stop their campaign to "reclaim" various districts.

When Chu refused, Ho pounded the table angrily and blamed the pro-democracy lawmaker for bringing violence to the Legislative Council and the community. Then he stood up, took off his microphone, and walked out of the studio.

Outside the studio, Ho was confronted by a dozen protesters, some of whom shouted at him, “Go to the Greater Bay Area!”

During the confrontation, someone threw a shoe at him but missed.

In a video posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday night, Ho accused Chu of asking supporters to desecrate his parents' gravestones, and demanded the names of those responsible for the vandalism.

In that video, Ho also warned Chu that he only has two paths to choose from: one where he will stay alive and the other where he will not.

On Wednesday, asked by media if he would inform the police about the threat, Chu said he would not do so at this stage, unless and until he feels like his life or that of his family is in danger.

Police should instead focus their efforts on investigating the assaults at the Yuen Long MTR Station on Sunday night, and whether Ho has any relationship with the attackers, RTHK quoted Chu as saying.

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Junius Ho (right) asks Eddie Chu in a radio program on Tuesday to call on the people to stop their campaign to "reclaim" various districts. Photo: RTHK