ong Kong’s most outspoken and controversial pro-Beijing lawmaker was the apparent victim of a knife attack on Wednesday morning which was caught on camera.
Video shows Junius Ho talking to members of the public while campaigning for upcoming district council elections in Tuen Min. A man dressed in blue — a color generally associated with support for Hong Kong’s police — steps forward, hands Ho a bouquet of flowers and begins talking to the legislator.
The man then asks to take a photo with Ho and reaches into his bag before pulling out what appears to be a knife and thrusting it at Ho’s chest.
A video circulated on social media shows the moment Junius Ho was attacked. A man with flower approached Ho then pulled a knife from his bag to attack him. pic.twitter.com/pPUwFhh4sU
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Ho was not severely wounded in the attack and helped to subdue the assailant. Photos from the scene show blood staining the lawmaker’s shirt and him receiving first aid before being put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
At the hospital, Ho told reporters that he had sustained a two centimeter long wound near his rib cage. He said that though the wound was superficial, he was lucky that it did not reach his heart, adding that he believes the perpetrator has mental issues.
#HK legislator Junius Ho said he believes the perpetrator had mental issues and that he was lucky the knife did not reach his heart. Ho was stabbed Wednesday morning in Tuen Mun. #HongKong #香港 pic.twitter.com/aOD7BB6YFt
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The attacker was arrested for assault and personal injury. As he was being subdued, he was heard calling Ho “human scum,” declaring that the lawmaker should pay with his life for an infamous attack against subway riders in Yuen Long on July 21.
Ho was suspected of being the mastermind behind the attack, which targeted protesters returning home from demonstrators, after he was spotted shaking heads with some of the attackers. Ho denied the charge, though he praised the thugs as “heroes” who were “protecting their community.”
Photos of Ho’s alleged attacker and the knife that he used have been shared on Chinese social media.
The attack against Junius Ho follows several against pro-democracy figures in the city including lawmaker Andrew Chiu who had part of his ear bitten off and Jimmy Sham, the former convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, who was beaten bloody in a vicious hammer attack.
Ho is one of the most reviled figures for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, referring to the demonstrators as “cockroaches” and suggesting that they be “killed without mercy.” Following the Yuen Long attack, his office was trashed and even his parents’ graves desecrated.
However, some have speculated that this was not an act of revenge from protesters but a fake stunt contrived by Ho, noting the firebrand politician’s taste for the dramatic, the lack of blood on the knife, and how the whole incident was caught on camera.