A member of pro-democracy party League of Social Democrats was attacked in the street by an unknown man on Friday. His phone was stolen.
Chan Man-wai was one of the protesters arrested during a demonstration at the Golden Bauhinia Square on Wednesday. He was released on bail early Friday morning. Other members of Chan’s party have claimed they were tailed by some men after their release.
Chan was on the way to a press conference organised by the released activists at 3pm at government headquarters in Wan Chai. He said two men had been taking photos of him when he left his home.
Chan said the unknown man, in a blue top, kept saying “give me my money back.”
“That was obviously an act of triads, they were making an excuse,” he said.
Chan then started a live video broadcast on Facebook. In the clip, Chan asked: “Why did you take photos of me?”
The unknown man answered: “Why do I have to answer you? Who are you? What are you doing?”
Chan said he was recording a video for his own protection.
The man asked if Chan actually saw him taking photos of him, before punching him and taking his phone after it dropped to the ground.
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The video was kept online, even after Chan’s phone was taken by the man, since it was a live video and is automatically saved to his Facebook account.
Chan later attended the Caritas Medical Centre.
“Not only is there white terror, there is actual violence – we cannot fall back,” he said, while urging the public to join the annual July 1 pro-democracy march.
“We want Xi Jinping to get out of Hong Kong, we need to fight back for what is ours as Hongkongers,” he added.
At the activists’ press conference, the League of Social Democrats chair Avery Ng said that at least five of the group’s members had been followed by police officers on the streets while waiting for those arrested in Wednesday’s protest to be released.
Ng said that he and two other members were followed by unknown individuals, whom they suspected to be mainland security agents.
“Hong Kong is not only a police state,” he said. “It has become a police-slash-thug state.”