Former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho says he was ambushed and beaten by two masked men on his way back home from the office on Tuesday night, suffering multiple injuries to his back and arms – including a possible bone fracture.
Ho said he was walking by an alley by the Central Library in Tin Hau when he was attacked from behind by someone wielding a long, hard object.
The solicitor said he then started running, but soon fell down.
“There were at least two people, both men, who chased after me. They were both wielding hard objects… they didn’t seem like they were hard enough to be rods, maybe they were canes”, Ho said.
He told reporters that both were wearing black clothes and masks, and were also accompanied by a woman wearing similar clothing.
Ho said the beating left him in severe pain, and lasted for around a minute. He said the assailants ran off after he yelled “What are you doing? Why are you attacking me?”
He made his way to Ruttonjee Hospital by taxi, where medics discovered six to seven welts on his back and injuries to both his arms.
Ho said he got stitches on his left arm, while doctors suspect he may have suffered a fracture in his right.
Asked whether he had any idea why he was attacked, Ho said many politicians these days are targets of violence, but he had not received any specific threat recently, nor can he guess to the motives of the attackers.
But he stressed that he’s not scared, and will keep on doing his work as normal.
In 2006, Ho was attacked in a McDonald's outlet in Central by a group of men wielding clubs.
He had just taken part in a protest march but reports at the time suggested the attack may have been linked to his work as a lawyer.
Last updated: 2019-11-19 HKT 22:28