• MOBS BLOCK ROADS, TRASH OR FIREBOMB BANK OF CHINA OUTLETS, AND ATTACK ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS AS WELL AS OFFICES OF PRO-ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIANS
• IN ONE OF MULTIPLE ATTACKS ON FRONTLINE POLICE, OFFICER IS SLASHED IN THE NECK WITH A BOX CUTTER DURING A CONFRONTATION IN KWUN TONG
Anti-government protesters went on yet another violent rampage across Hong Kong on Sunday, attacking police officers – one of whom was slashed in the neck with a box cutter – meting out mob justice to people in their way, vandalising shops with mainland Chinese business ties, and trashing metro stations.
They blocked roads, trashed or firebombed Bank of China outlets, and attacked administrative buildings as well as offices of pro-establishment politicians to mark the 19th straight weekend of lawlessness, after more than four months of protest chaos sparked by the government’s now-withdrawn extradition bill.
“ONE RIOTER USED A SHARP-EDGED OBJECT TO SLASH THE OFFICER’S NECK FROM BEHIND,” THE FORCE SAID IN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT.
In one of multiple attacks on frontline police, an officer was slashed in the neck with a box cutter during a confrontation in Kwun Tong. He was said to be in a stable condition in hospital, with a 3cm cut, while two suspects were arrested at the scene.
“One rioter used a sharp-edged object to slash the officer’s neck from behind,” the force said in an official statement.
A video circulating online showed a lone riot policeman being attacked by masked, black-clad radicals, one of whom drop-kicked the officer as he was trying to make an arrest in Mong Kok. Police said they had tried to snatch his rifle, which he managed to hold on to.
A police van was set ablaze with petrols bombs thrown from above in Sha Tin, while a black-clad undercover officer was beaten and bloodied by a mob. They took his baton away and threw it down a drain.
Police said rioters had also trashed and looted a private car used by Identification Bureau officers who were investigating a burglary case not related to the protests.
More than 20 petrol bombs were hurled at Mong Kok Police Station alone.
There were also multiple cases of lone individuals being subjected to vigilante violence by mobs. Television footage showed two women being separately assaulted and having black paint splashed on their faces while their attackers held up opened umbrellas to hide their actions.
Police said they had adopted a new strategy on Sunday by deploying plain-clothes officers at shops often targeted by protesters.
They arrested seven protesters who vandalised the Best Mart 360 branch at Metroplaza in Kwai Fong.