A Beijing-based politician in Hong Kong was wounded Wednesday in a knife attack, the recent outbreak of political violence in a city ravaged by months of protest against democracy.
The time of the attack was shown online.
A man with a bunch of flowers approached Junius Ho Wednesday morning as the politician fought with party members in his constituency in Tuen Mun, a city on the outskirts of the city, from Hong Kong near the border with China.
The man gave the flowers to Ho, asked for a photo, and then pulled a knife out of his pocket before punching his victim in the chest.
Ho and his aides suppressed the man who could scream in Cantonese: "Junius Ho, you scum!"
The police said three people had been injured in the incident, including the attacker.
A police source that refused to be named told AFP Ho received a puncture wound on the left side of his chest. And the attacker was arrested.
Ho, 57, was conscious when he got into the ambulance.
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Alongside Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo, Ho has become one of the most despicable representatives of the establishment among democracy protesters.
For a long time, he was one of the city's fiercest pro-Beijing politicians.
But he became known after his death on July 21. In Yuen Long City, handshakes were filmed by a group of men who then beat demonstrators with sticks and poles and took 40 people to the hospital.
He has made several speeches in which he supported the Hong Kong police and repeated the condemnation of protesters by Beijing. often set on fire. He accused a prominent opposition lawmaker of "eating foreign sausage" because she was married to a British journalist.
After Yuen Long's attack, Hos's office was searched by demonstrators and his parents' graves were also devastated.
Hong Kong has witnessed violent protests over five months calling for more democratic freedoms and more police responsibility.
Beijing and the leadership of the city have strongly opposed the protests and rejected concessions.
Without political groundwork Solution in sight, street fighting has erupted on both sides of the ideological divide with increasing frequency.
Pro-China supporters attacked opponents throughout the summer, often in targeted attacks against prominent government critics and opposition politicians.
Eight Democrats were attacked, including protest organizer Jimmy Sham, who was hospitalized by men with hammers last month.  005] On Sunday, a man with a knife attacked demonstrators of democracy, including a local politician, whose ear had been bitten off.
But violence is anything but one-sided.
Also masses of demonstrators for democracy have routinely defeated their ideological opponents, mostly in spontaneous mob violence during rallies.
On Saturday, a man was knocked unconscious in the Mongkok district and stripped naked.
Beijing has shown no willingness to comply with the demands of the demonstrators, and activists show no signs of leaving the street with 22 consecutive weekends of unrest.