A Hong Kong anti-parallel trading activist was attacked near his residence on Sunday night. His assailants reportedly warned him “not to stir up trouble again.”

Ronald Leung Kam-shing is the convener of the North District Parallel Imports Concern Group, which has helped to organise protests over the past few years urging the government to curb parallel trading in the district, including the latest march in Sheung Shui last month.

Ronald Leung bruises
Bruise on Ronald Leung’s head and back. Photo: Handout.

The practice of parallel trading relates to salespeople exploiting a multiple entry visa policy to import tax-free items from Hong Kong across the border. Leung’s group has said the activity often results in a shortage of goods and elevated retail prices, forcing shops to either close down or cater to mainland tourists.

At around 11:20pm on Sunday, Leung was walking around Shing Mun River in Sha Tin near his flat when he was ambushed by four to five men, according to activist Max Chung — a friend of Leung who visited him afterwards at the Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was receiving treatment.

Chung said the group of unknown men attacked Leung with weapons that appeared to be bamboo sticks, leaving him with bruises. They then threw unidentified white powder on Leung’s face.

Ronald Leung
Unknown powder on Ronald Leung’s face. Photo: Handout.

The assailants spoke in Cantonese with an accent that appeared to be from mainland China, Chung said.

He added that the activist was directly threatened by name: “Leung Kam-shing, stop fucking stirring up trouble. This is a warning. It won’t be like this the next time,” Leung recalled them saying.

Ronald Leung
Ronald Leung at hospital. Photo: Handout.

Chung said that police on the scene refused to send Leung to hospital for treatment after discovering that he did not have an identity card with him.

After the attack, reporters at Apple Daily and Ming Pao — two major newspapers — received telephone calls from unidentified male callers telling them to go to the Prince of Wales Hospital and cover the incident.

Ronald Leung bruises
Bruise on Ronald Leung. Photo: Handout.

Chung said he strongly condemned the attack: “This is an organised, premeditated attack, using violence to send a warning [to Leung]. I hope Hong Kong people will say no to such violence,” he said outside of the hospital.

Max Chung
Max Chung.

He added that Leung has undergone a computed tomography scan, X-ray and other medical procedures.

Leung requested that he be discharged from the hospital the morning after and moved to a safe location with his family, according to Chung.

At around 1pm on Monday, plainclothes officers paid Leung a visit at his home and took him to Sha Tin police station for an unknown reason.

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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.