Hong Kong activist Jimmy Sham says that he and a companion were attacked by two masked men wielding a baseball bat and knife in Jordan.

Sham, the convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, said they were attacked at a restaurant on Tak Hing Street at 12:50pm on Thursday.

In a Whatsapp message, Sham said his companion was a man with friendly connections to his pro-democracy coalition. He tried to protect Sham during the attack.

Injuries sustained by Jimmy Sham’s companion. Photo: Jimmy Sham.

Though Sham escaped unscathed, his companion suffering injuries from three baseball bat blows, resulting in him being hospitalised.

Sham declined to reveal his identity.

At 2:39pm, Sham said he was going to go to Tsim Sha Tsui police station to make a statement.

Jimmy Sham.

On Thursday morning, several dozen people organised a protest outside the Front’s office to condemn the organisation over its involvement in the recent unrest. But instead, the group went to the office of Rainbow of Hong Kong, an LGBT+ rights group. The group is not among the 50-odd members of the coalition, but Sham nevertheless waited for the protesters at the centre, resulting in a verbal confrontation.

Most protesters left at around noon.

The Civil Human Rights Front has organised several protests against the controversial extradition bill since June, including three marches that the Front said were attended by more than a million people.

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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.