HONG KONG, Nov. 6 (Reuters / EP) –
A man armed with a knife has attacked Wednesday the pro-Beijing legislator Hong Kong Junius Ho, who has taken a firm stand against anti-government protests in Hong Kong, as reported by the police.
The authorities have detailed that the Hong Kong legislator, his assistant and the alleged attacker have been taken to a hospital with injuries that have not been specified.
The reasons for the attack are unknown until now, but Ho gained notoriety among anti-government protesters in July after he was recorded laughing and shaking hands with suspected gang members who attacked peaceful protesters.
The attack on Ho takes place amid the political disturbances, sometimes violent, that have been taking place in Hong Kong for more than five months. Activists have said more protests are expected this Wednesday at some universities in Hong Kong.
The Chinese Communist Party said Tuesday that it would not tolerate any “separatist behavior” in Hong Kong, after some of the protesters called for independence.
What began as a protest against an extradition bill in China has become the biggest challenge for the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.
Protesters demand the end of the Chinese interference they perceive in internal affairs, as well as universal suffrage and an independent investigation into the alleged police brutality in the protests. Beijing denies having interfered in Hong Kong's internal affairs and blames foreign governments for fueling the riots.
Xi met Tuesday with the Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam, in Shanghai, guaranteeing support for her Administration. After the meeting, Lam denied rumors that the government was considering an amnesty for protesters accused of crimes.