Six people have been sent to hospital after being attacked by 10 masked men wielding sticks outside a Lennon Wall at Yuen Long MTR station.
According to RTHK, six people — four men and two women, aged 16 to 42 — were sent to hospital in a conscious state at after being attacked by 10 assailants who were wearing dark tops and masks at around 11pm. Police also treating the matter as a wounding and theft case as a phone worth about HK$10,000 (US$1,300) was stolen.
The victims sustained various injuries to their heads, hands, eyes, and faces, and were taken to Pok Oi Hospital. They were also accompanied to the hospital by Yuen Long district councillor Ng Kin-wai, who rushed to the scene after learning about the attack.
A short video of the attack was shared online by Yuen Long district councillor Tommy Cheung, who said he received reports that local villagers or triads were allegedly attacking pedestrians.
No one has been arrested yet, and HK01 reports the case is being looked into by the Yuen Long police district’s anti-triad unit.
Although it’s not entirely clear what happened, HK01 reports that the six people were among those putting up fliers and posters on a wall at the MTR station, which has been turned into a Lennon Wall.
Ng told the outlet that some of the assailants had been spotted standing nearby, acting suspiciously and holding up their phones. When someone tried to approach them, the six to eight men rushed the group.
“Lennon Walls” are public spaces covered in Post-It notes and flyers bearing messages of support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protest movement. The walls trace their lineage back to 1980s Prague, where a mural memorializing John Lennon after his assassination became a clearinghouse for politically inflected, often anti-war graffiti.
The concept first cropped up in Hong Kong during the 2014 Umbrella Movement, and since the start of the current protest movement, the displays have appeared in many public places, such as pedestrian subways and tunnels.
The Lennon Walls have repeatedly been at the center of scuffles between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing supporters, with more serious incidents including the stabbing of a student inside Tai Po’s Lennon Tunnel in October, and a man wounding three people with a knife at a Lennon Wall in Tseung Kwan O in August.