An elderly man had to be taken to hospital after being assaulted by anti-government protesters and an MTR station was flooded last night as wildcat rallies popped up around Hong Kong amid a surge in anger following the police shooting of a teenager during National Day clashes on Tuesday.
According to HK01, eyewitnesses in Wong Tai Sin said that an elderly man had been waving a meat cleaver at protesters who had put up barricades on Lung Cheung Road around midnight. In a video uploaded by the blog Passion Times and apparently taken after the initial confrontation, the man can be seen with blood running down his face and becoming increasingly agitated.
Others can be heard telling him to sit down as he paces up and down the road then appears to lash out at a nearby protester.
The man then topples over, at which point masked protesters set upon him, beating him with sticks and kicking him in the torso and head as he lies on the ground.
First aid volunteers on the scene came to his aid and called police over. An i-Cable livestream later shows the man receiving medical attention and being taken away by an ambulance (about three hours into the video below).
Wong Tai Sin was just one of a handful of areas that saw flash protests last night, following continued outrage over the shooting of an 18-year-old high school student at point blank range.
Headline Daily reports that at around 10:30pm, several exits at Wong Tai Sin station — close to Lung Cheung Road — were shut after protesters opened a fire hydrant nearby, sending water cascading into the station and causing it to flood.
Wong Tai Sin MTR Station was flooded earlier tonight by protesters who broke open a public standpipe (vid circulated on Telegram) pic.twitter.com/CNrWgxzG8T
— Xinqi Su 蘇昕琪 (@XinqiSu) October 2, 2019
The other areas to see flash protests last night included Causeway Bay, Tuen Mun, and Tsuen Wan, where yesterday morning hundreds had gathered outside the wounded teen’s school to show support.
Last night, hundreds of people gathered at Sha Tsui Playground in Tsuen Wan to again offer support for the student.
#NOW: As a born-and-bred in #TsuenWan, I simply hate this soccer field a lot. This is where I had my PE lessons during high school. FYI, I hate land sport. But tn, people are gathering here to support the protester who got his chest shot yst by police in a #HomgKongProtest. pic.twitter.com/IukFQcLIRO
— Jasmine Leung (@leungjasminee) October 2, 2019
The Tsuen Wan gathering ended with some hardcore protesters vandalizing stores and businesses with links to the mainland, as well as locations that are suspected to have ties to the triads, which have been implicated in past attacks on protesters.
Tear gas was also deployed after protesters threw molotov cocktails at a nearby police station.
Protesters broke into and trashed a mahjong place at Yi Pei Square because it’s allegedly a hangout spot for triads pic.twitter.com/ppzbamdGDZ
— Aaron Mc Nicholas (@aaronMCN) October 2, 2019