Hong Kong Human Rights Leader Beaten With Hammers by Masked Group
Jimmy Sham, leader of a pro-democracy group in Hong Kong and Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) convenor, was left lying in his own blood after being beaten by a masked group armed with hammers.
The attack occurred on Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m. on Arran Lane in Tai Kok Tsui as he was heading to a CHRF meeting in Mong Kok, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
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Sham was attacked by six or seven masked people armed with hammers. Not all of the attackers were of Chinese ethnicity, Shanghaiist reported.
After the attack, the suspects left Sham covered in blood on his arms, head and the road where he was assaulted.
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He was taken to the nearest hospital, Kwong Wah Hospital, by an ambulance and was conscious and reportedly able to speak.
“During the attack, bystanders tried to save [Sham], but the assailants threatened them to stop them from doing so… When Jimmy Sham was taken onto the ambulance, he told me: ‘five demands, not one less,’” Sham’s colleague, Figo Chan, said.
“Don’t think that you can do anything to stop us from going out onto the streets, and fighting for freedom and human rights.”
Jimmy Sham was taken to Yaumatei’s Kwong Wah Hospital on Wednesday evening, a short distance from the scene of the attack in Mong Kok.
This isn’t the first time Sham has been attacked by a masked group. In August, he was attacked by several men with a knife and baseball bat after CHRF applied an organized rally with the Hong Kong government.
Meanwhile, the CHRF strongly condemns the latest attack on Sham.
“The Civil Human Rights Front strongly condemns the acts of the perpetrators. It is not hard to link this incident to a spreading political terror in order to threaten and inhibit the legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights,” the Front said.