Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack on Demosistō lawmaker Nathan Law at the Hong Kong International Airport Sunday evening.

A police spokesperson told HKFP that a 71-year-old man surnamed Tong and a 53-year-old man surnamed Ko were arrested at Tuen Mun and Mong Kok on Tuesday morning. They are currently detained on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and illegal assembly.

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Nathan Law and Joshua Wong before their Taiwan trip. Photo: 羅冠聰 Nathan Law via Facebook.

The spokesperson said that the case is being handled by the New Territories South regional police unit, adding that the police are not ruling out the possibility of further arrests.

Law was surrounded at the airport by pro-China protesters following a trip to Taiwan, where he and three activists and lawmakers were attending a forum hosted by the New Power Party.

The group attempted to assault him at the airport’s arrival hall. His shirt was torn and his glasses flew off, and he was also sprayed with a liquid. Photographs presented by Law at a press conference on Monday showed that he was sporting a large red bruise near his neck, as well as multiple bruises on his limbs.

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Nathan Law. Photo: Nathan Law.

Demosistō and other pro-democracy lawmakers have released statements questioning the police arrangements and slamming their inability to prevent the attacks, despite having been given prior notice of the circumstances.

The police responded on Monday evening saying that after taking into account considerations of public safety, they told Demosistō that it was inappropriate for Law to meet the press at the airport, but their advice was ignored by the party.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.