- It is unclear who the mob were, but they attacked passengers and people making their way back from the protest.
- Another opposition lawmaker said police took more than an hour to arrive, and suggested the mob had ties to organised crime syndicates.
- Yuen Long is a more remote district of Hong Kong, and is far away from the site of the main pro-democracy protests.
Dozens of masked men armed with batons stormed a train station in the Hong Kong district of Yuen Long on Sunday.
Footage posted on social media showed the men, all in white T-shirts, violently attacking people on platforms and inside train carriages.
Forty-five people were injured, with one person in a critical condition.
The mob attack followed the latest pro-democracy rally in the centre of Hong Kong, where riot police had fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.
It is unclear who the mob were, but they attacked passengers and people making their way back from the protest.
One pro-democracy lawmaker questioned why police did not arrive sooner to break up the fight.
“Hong Kong has one of the world’s highest cop to population ratio,” said Ray Chan in a tweet. “Where were [they?]”
Snippet of a live broadcast from lawmaker Lam Cheuk ting, showing self-professed pro-Gov't mobsters attacking passengers in train cars at #MTR #YuenLong Stn. #HongKong has 1 of the world's highest cop to population ratio. Where were @hkpoliceforce? Lam was injured as shown live. pic.twitter.com/Aq5JmJlf5u— Ray Chan (@ray_slowbeat) July 21, 2019
Another opposition lawmaker said police took more than an hour to arrive, and suggested the mob had ties to organised crime syndicates.
“Is Hong Kong now allowing triads to do what they want, beating up people on the street with weapons?” Lam Cheuk-ting asked reporters.
This is a clip from Gwyneth Ho (@StandNewsHK)'s live video. Look at how vehement and vicious the white-shirts are in their attacks on protesters. Look at their matching weapons – their long wooden sticks & umbrellas. #antielab #YuenLong— Jun Pang (@hyjpang) July 21, 2019
In a statement, the government said that in Yuen Long “some people congregated at the platforms of the MTR station and train compartments, attacking commuters”.
“This is absolutely unacceptable to Hong Kong as a society that observes the rule of law. The SAR [Special Administrative Region] Government strongly condemns any violence and will seriously take enforcement actions.”
#HongKong protesters only have one question in mind now: Where was the Police? @hkpoliceforce— Kinling Lo 盧建靈 (@kinlinglo) July 21, 2019
Video filmed inside #YuenLong MTR train station.
Men in white tee were reportedly thugs sent by different gangs to go after #HongKongProtest ers.#extraditionbill pic.twitter.com/UHARvOx0vO
Hong Kong Police also said: “Some people attacked commuters at the platforms of the Yuen Long MTR station and train compartments, resulting in multiple injuries.”
The mob stormed Yuen Long MTR station at about 22:30 local time (14:30 GMT), hours after clashes between protestors and police in the Sheung Wan area earlier in the day.
Yuen Long is a more remote district of Hong Kong, and is far away from the site of the main pro-democracy protests.