At around 10:30 pm on Sunday night, dozens of men, dressed in white and wearing masks, ran into the Yuen Long MTR station and began savagely attacking people with wooden poles and metal rods.
They are believed to have targeted protesters who were returning home from a large anti-extradition rally. Police did not arrive in force at the scene for more than 30 minutes. By that time, the thugs were all gone.
Video has circulated online showing Ho, who lives in Yuen Long, shaking hands with some of the men dressed in white, giving them a thumbs up, and thanking them for their “hard work.”
This video circulating is of Junius Ho, the former president to of the HK law society and a lawmaker shaking hands with the people waving China flags in Yuen Long pic.twitter.com/Q2kXeg03y1
— Pak Yiu (@pakwayne) July 21, 2019
It’s unclear exactly what Ho was thanking the men for but the clip has made some wonder if he was the one who orchestrated the attack.
At a press conference at noon on Monday, Ho insisted that he had nothing to do with the attack, declaring that it was perfectly normal for him to shake hands with his constituents.
#LIVE: A foreign journalist refused to shake hands with pro-govt lawmaker Junius Ho. She asked him why he shook hands with men in white clothes last night, when civilians were beaten to bloody pulps. #antiELAB #freedomhk pic.twitter.com/yucN6jqGQD
— Lok. (@sumlokkei) July 22, 2019
However, he didn’t distance himself too far from the attack, saying that it was only natural that the residents of Yuen Long would try to “safeguard their own community,” calling the anti-extradition protesters, “rioters.”
Within hours of the presser, a group of those protesters had broken through the glass walls of Ho’s office at the Tsuen Fung Centre Shopping Arcade in Tsuen Wan and totally trashed the place.
Hong Kong legislator Junius Ho's office in Tsuen Wan has been trashed. Glass smashed, egg thrown at. Ho was seen in a video shaking hands with white-clad men who attacked people in Yuen Long last night. pic.twitter.com/3VXnHuYYym
— Aria Hangyu Chen 陳航宇 (@ariahychen) July 22, 2019
Some of the best pics from Junius Ho’s office being trashed, courtesy of Telegram users. Justice… pic.twitter.com/Sz4gcelpBK
— Jack Hazlewood (@JackHHazlewood) July 22, 2019
Protesters who have broken into pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho's office in Tsuen Wan have begun to toss paper documents over the barriers. pic.twitter.com/5KH51D004I
— Jennifer Creery 紀寶瑩 (@creery_j) July 22, 2019
Ho is no stranger to controversy. Back in 2017, he got into some trouble for saying that activists who called for Hong Kong to break away from China should be “killed mercilessly.”