Stabbed lawmaker: Banish violence from HK
Updated: 2019-11-11 07:26
By Gu Mengyan in Hong Kong(HK Edition)
Legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, who was stabbed during an electioneering campaign last week, has urged voters to use the ballot box to put an end to the ongoing violence.
Returning to the campaign trail on Sunday after having undergone successful surgery, he also urged the SAR government and the Electoral Affairs Commission to ensure that the upcoming District Council elections are fair and that voters are protected from intimidation and threats to their safety from radical protesters.
Ho, who’s known for his outspoken support for the government and the police force, was stabbed in the chest by a man posing as a supporter while canvassing for votes in Tuen Mun on Wednesday.
He described what he had gone through as a “shattering blow” to him, but said he would not compromise in serving the community, and appealed to Hong Kong people to “kick out”the violence rather than “talk the talk”.
He rejected “irresponsible” and “unconscionable” accusations that he had orchestrated the attack on himself for political gain, and condemned opposition lawmakers who still condone violence, which has created “black terror” in the local elections to be held on Nov 24.
“If you protect rioters, then who’s going to protect Hong Kong’s innocent residents? It’s my responsibility to stand firm against whoever goes against the city,” he said.
Radical anti-government protesters have vented their anger at Ho by repeatedly vandalizing his offices in two districts and desecrating his parents’ graves.
A resident surnamed Luk said she has to stand up and vote for righteous district councilors who could save many torn-up families and the divided city.
“Children have turned against their parents in the political storm because they have been brainwashed in schools,” said the mother of a 15-year-old girl, who worries about her daughter’s possible involvement in the unrest and bullying in schools.
Ho is running in the SAR’s sixth District Council elections in Tuen Mun’s Lok Tsui constituency against Lo Chun-yu and Chiang Ching-man.
Local residents rally in Tuen Mun to show support for lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, who was stabbed by a knife-wielding man during a campaign event on Wednesday. Provided to China Daily
(HK Edition 11/11/2019 page4)