Pro-democracy activists have called for several rallies on Tuesday evening to mark exactly half a year since a large gang of men rampaged through Yuen Long MTR Station viciously battering passengers, while the police appeared to leave them to it.
The indiscriminate beatings left at least 45 people in hospital, some with serious injuries.
Despite receiving more than 24,000 calls from the area to the emergency 999 hotline on the evening of the attack, it took police 39 minutes to respond to the violence. TV footage in the hours following the atrocity showed officers chatting to groups of men wielding weapons who many presumed to be the perpetrators.
The shocking incident has been marked on the 21st of each subsequent month, with calls for gatherings on Tuesday evening in Yuen Long's Yoho Mall next to the MTR station, as well at several other MTR stations in the city.
In keeping with previous months, the MTR Corporation has announced that it will close Yuen Long Station ahead of the expected assembly.
It said the station would shut from 3pm on Tuesday to "ensure safety of our passengers and staff" and trains would not be stopping there. No time was given for when the station would reopen.
Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, who was among those injured in the attack, said on Tuesday that over the past six months, video footage and witness accounts have been collected for a lawsuit against the police.
Some of the victims are planning to sue the police commissioner for an alleged failure by officers to carry out their duties.
"Our court case is not just for our compensation. We are looking for justice for the victims and for Hong Kong. We believe that it was a turning point in Hong Kong history," Lam said.
"The police force deliberately allowed the gangsters to use weapons to attack civilians in Yuen Long indiscriminately."
Last month, a senior police superintendent blamed the victims of the attack for the violence, saying they had gone to Yuen Long with the intention of provoking the gang.
HK people to mark six months since Yuen Long outrage
2020-01-21 HKT 12:37
Police have faced accusations that they colluded with a gang who rampaged through Yuen Long MTR Station beating anyone they set their eyes on. File photo: RTHK
White-clad thugs attacked scores of people in Yuen Long MTR Station on July 21 last year. File photo: AFP
Police left the gang to it as they rampaged through the station on more than one occasion. File photo: AFP
The gang beat people at random inside Yuen Long MTR Station. File photo: AFP
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