Blood Stained Mongkok—Cops and Criminals Conspire
The first bloody conflict erupted on the sixth day of Hong Kong’s peaceful protest. On the evening of Oct. 3, an anti-Occupy Central group—suspected to have been organized and well-trained—violently attacked protesters at Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, badly beating many.
Witnesses say the attackers were dressed in black, masked, and were armed with scissors; they attacked protesters readily. The police didn’t arrest anyone but stood aside watching, leaving protestors to fend for themselves—later, the attackers allegedly left under police protection.
Those at the scene surrounded the police car and accused cops of cooperating with criminals, unhappy to let the attackers go.
Attackers in black also beat protestors and assaulted women at another Occupy Central spot in Mong Kok in the afternoon. By the evening, the conflict had expanded, with tens-of-thousands of people gathering.
One attacker was handed over to the police by the public, according to a report by Hong Kong’s Apple Daily. Later, it was discovered that the police had sent the attacker into a taxi on Mong Kok Road. But the police had to return the attacker to the police station under public pressure, after people surrounded the taxi, and by 11pm, nearly 100 were surrounding the station.
A mainland netizen said some of the attackers had appeared in Guangzhou’s Southern Weekend event last year.
Statement by the Hong Kong Federation of Students
The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) issued a statement in the evening, saying the scheduled dialogue between the government and students will be left aside, because the government had connived with criminals to attack the peaceful protestors.
The statement by HKFS was titled: “The dialogue is set aside to first question the government’s dishonesty.”The statement said that the government had been willing to have a dialogue with the students yesterday, but today they had suppressed the movement and made themselves an enemy of the people in bad faith; in fact, no different from the previous violent clearance.
“It’s always Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s way to intimidate using lowlifes and governmental force, but the Hong Kong people can see today’s situation themselvesand the path of holding a dialogue has to be left aside, due to the government’s inconsistency—the police must investigate, otherwise the government will suffer,” said the statement.
Candlelight Vigil by 500 Lawyers Suffers Tear Gas Attack
Oct. 3, evening—nearly 500 legal professionals gatheredto hold a candlelight vigil outside the Hong Kong High Court. They criticized the government’s use of excessive force in throwing a total of 87 tear gas canisters to attack the unarmed and peaceful demonstrators.
Legislative Council member Dennis Kwok, Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee, democrat Albert Ho, and the Civic Party’s Audrey Eu, Margaret Ng and others attended the vigil, according to Hong Kong’s Apple Daily.
Several pro-Communist groups defended the use of force and abused the legal professionals at the vigil, while playing the CCP’s national anthem, said Apple Daily.