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'Suspected triads had warned of Yuen Long attacks'

2019-07-22 HKT 01:45
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  • An image circulated on the internet shows some armed men attacking  people at the MTR station in Yuen Long.
    An image circulated on the internet shows some armed men attacking people at the MTR station in Yuen Long.
The Democratic Party said suspected triad members had earlier on Sunday warned all anti-extradition bill protesters not to set foot in Yuen Long, before MTR passengers were attacked by a group of men armed with sticks.

The party demanded action by the police and the government to protect the safety of the people of Hong Kong.

A gang of people in white t-shirts attacked the public and even entered a train and assaulted passengers on board. Among the injured were journalists and Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting.

The party said many of its members and volunteers repeatedly tried to contact the police after the attack began. By the time the police finally arrived two hours later, the attackers had dispersed, it said.

The party demanded an explanation from the police and the authorities as to how the Yuen Long attack was allowed to happen and called for immediate action to protect people's safety.