Hong Kong – A mob of thugs dressed in white shirts wielding sticks and metal rods storming into a Hong Kong subway station and indiscriminately beat passengers and black clad protesters.
The unprecedented attack on 1945
The police fired bullets and tear gas ] protesters on Hong Kong Island, suspected of being gangster descended on a subway station in a northwest area closer to mainland China, seemingly targeting participants from the protests and sending passengers screaming into cars and hallways.
At least 45 people were injured, incl uding a pro-democracy legislator and journalists. arrested six men in connection with the attacks.
Sunday assaults mark a dark turn in a movement where radicalism has become the new norm as the government descends deeper into political crisis.
Why did this happen?
Millions of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks. Storming and vandalizing the city's parliament .
"First I think some suspected criminal elements were mobilized to target the Hong Kong political commentator and author says
"As protests expand further north closer to the Chinese border -areas known for triad operations ̵
"So accordingly, there is a sort of retaliation from the suspected criminal and forceful elements. "
Police Commissioner Stephen Lo.
Police Commissioner Stephen Lo said they arrived in 35 minutes as they were serving for a man-gun deal with the protest on Hong Kong Island.
"Every time there is a major event which may lead to violent confrontation, we have to redeploy our manpower from various The District of Hong Kong Island, so that I can ensure sufficient manpower to deal with these incidents, "Lo said.
"Violence wants only to become more violent."
Lo denied allegations of colluding. "We want to review our manpower deployment and make our best on the public order and safety in all districts of Hong Kong." with the mob.
It remains unclear, but there is widespread speculation the masked assailants are affiliated with local organized crime syndicates, so known as the triad.
"Governments outsource violence to third-party agents for plausible deniability," says Lynette Ong, a University of Toronto, a political scientist on the subject of "thugs-for-hire".
"The anti-extradition law protests have reached a new height with the use of outsourced violence against protesters." While this may work to ward off protests, so it's the government's legitimacy in the long-run. "
Hong Kong's leaders – alleged pro-government gangs attacked pro-democracy protesters and gates down the encampments in the shopping district of Mong Kok. Police arrested 19 men, including eight with triad links.
Triads maintain a " tacit coexistence with police," says Lo.
"If they run the business harmoniously, then they can keep them at bay." But once they emerge in the political arena, that's a very dangerous scenario.  "Hong Kong's Embattled Leader Carrie Lam condemned the violence in. " If the triad evolves into political actors, that would be harmful to social stability and public confidence in Hong Kong. " a Monday afternoon press conference and vowed a police investigation. "Violence is not a solution to any problem. Violence wants only breed more violence, "the chief executive said" We absolutely do not tolerate such violence. "
Lam so denied accusations of triad collusion. " Everyone should be away from violence.
Pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho, who was filmed shaking hands with white shirts on Sunday night, defended the mobsters on Monday saying they were "defending their home and people."
While detaching himself from the rampage, he said, " We can not pardon the sin, but we can pardon the sinners. "
On Monday, protesters trashed Ho's office, smashing glass walls, spraying-painting profanities, and leaving notes alleging triad connections, the South China Morning Post reported.
That's the question everyone asks. The Hong Kong situation appears.
"The Hong Kong situation appears to be deteriorating further, "says Lo. "The situation is quite critical." "The radicalization of the protest movement, the criminalization of the anti-protest movement, and now they are becoming a political sandwich among all those competing political forces."
The Tiananmen Square massacre is currently under construction.
"A very specific, historical parallel to the People's Daily has been used to denigrate the Hong Kong protests Declaring a state of martial law, "says Jeffrey Wasserstrom of the University of California, Irvine, citing several historical echoes in protest and repression in 20th century China, his area of expertise.
" Of course Beijing is not the Red Cross. "says Emily Lau, former chairwoman of Hong Kong's Democratic Party.
"Hong Kong is not Tiananmen Square." There is a lot of hanging on Hong Kong's place as an international business center.