Hong Kong police officer was stabbed while celebrating party anniversary
On the centenary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, a Hong Kong man died after assassinating a policeman. The city’s security chief described it as a “lone wolf terrorist attack.”
Although the Asian Financial Center carried out overwhelming security operations to prevent any protests, the attack on Thursday night put the official in a serious situation.
“I strongly condemn this kind of violence,” said Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. “These actions are obviously for the stability of our society.”
Although the government successfully extinguished the anti-government protest movement in Hong Kong through mass arrests of activists and the introduction of anti-government protests, the attack still occurred. National Security Law last year.
Analysts said the incident would be used as a reason for further suppression, as Beijing tried to subdue the city after large-scale demonstrations in 2019 to protect the city’s freedom after it was handed over to China in 1997.
The 28-year-old policeman was stabbed outside a department store in Causeway Bay, one of the city’s busiest shopping areas and a common gathering place for protests.
The 50-year-old suspect subsequently stabbed himself in the chest with the same weapon and was certified dead after being taken to the hospital. The video showed him lying in a pool of blood at the scene.
Hong Kong Security Bureau Director Wendi Tang vowed to target those who “advocate violence, incite hostility, and hate society and the country.” He said this was the main factor behind the incident, but did not specify.
“The hands of these people pushing from behind are covered with blood,” he said.
Experts said that although the man’s motives are not yet clear, the authorities will regard the case as evidence that they did not take sufficient measures to quell the anti-government movement in Hong Kong.
“This is such an important day for the regime, [yet] With so many measures taken, there are still problems,” said Ray Yep, a political scientist at the City University of Hong Kong.
Others say that pro-Beijing politicians in the city will try to equate the assassination with a broader democratic movement. Ian Chong, a professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, said: “This may be used as an argument for strict control of the national security law and may even expand its scope of application.”
On Friday, a few people took white flowers to the scene of the stabbing to mourn the death of the attacker.
In addition, the police found throwing flammable objects at the Government House where Lin was home and arrested at least 19 people on charges including distributing seditious publications and possession of weapons.
These incidents occurred after Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a mass ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing Commemorate the party’s establishment in 1921.
Thursday is also the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from the UK to China in 1997.