Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung said he and his girlfriend Tiffany Chin Sze-man were attacked by an unknown passerby on the streets of Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong this morning. It’s reported that the two had just left a movie theater at Olympian City and were walking to the Mong Kok MTR station when the incident occurred.
Wong reported details of the incident in a post to his Facebook account, saying that the pair were walking past a man and a woman in their 20s when the man suddenly came up to him, grabbed his neck and punched his left eye. Wong’s girlfriend attempted to shield Wong and video tape the attacker with her mobile phone, but was pushed to the ground, causing minor injuries to her leg. Wong posted a photo showing injuries on the bridge of his nose, cheek and eyebrow.
Wong and Chin were later taken to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for medical treatment. He told reporters that as he was assaulted, he repeatedly asked the attacker why was he doing it. He said that the assailant merely replied: “I don’t need a reason to beat you.”
Wong described the attack as “shameful” and believes that he was targeted because of his political stance and his involvement in last year’s Umbrella Movement. Scholarism, a student activist group in which Wong and his girlfriend are both involved, also condemned the assault and urged police to carry out further investigations.
The activist made headlines last month when he was reportedly denied entry to Malaysia, where he’d planned on attending a series of seminars to discuss Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement as well as the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
By Crystal Lau
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