Crowd gathers outside Sogo to mourn attacker, Police condemns netizens for beautifying attacker in Causeway Bay

Crowd gathered in Causeway Bay to mourn attacker who killed himself after wounding a police officer last night.

Citizens in black shirts have arrived at the scene since this afternoon. They brought white flowers, joss sticks and candles and paid tribute to Leung Kin-fai, the attacker who stabbed the back of a police officer.

A great number of police were mobilized to the area. Officers in tactical vests patrolled the area in groups and stopped and searched citizens nearby. They also ordered crowds to leave, warning their gathering was in breach of the law.

Officers around 7pm arrested a man in Causeway Bay after they found him possessing a cutter and a utility knife.

Police also pointed out that a rioter threw glass bottle from height near Percival Street in Causeway Bay around 5pm. No one was hurt in the incident.

Another man was arrested for obstructing police officers around the same time.

Officers condemned such behaviours pose risk to the safety of the public. They also said they will continue to search suspicious individuals and vehicles.

Police condemns netizens for beautifying attacker in Causeway Bay

Police condemned netizens for calling the attacker who wounded a police officer in Causeway Bay last night a “brave man” or even a “martyr”.

Last night Leung Kin-fai, 50, stabbed the back of a 28-year-old police officer with a knife outside Sogo Department Store in Causeway Bay. The officer suffered severe injury and Leung then killed himself.

Police found out people online have been calling Leung a “brave man” or even a “martyr” and paying tribute to Leung. Police condemned these people for supporting violent crimes and romanticizing cold-blooded behaviours. These actions count as advocating hatred as well, police pointed out.

Police added that Leung was radicalized by misleading information and inciting speeches, and therefore initiated a “lone-wolf style terrorism attack”. Leung explicitly challenged the law and damaged the order of the society, police also said.

Officers stressed that violence will be not be tolerated as a means to any ends. Officers will hold fast to their duties and take resolute enforcement actions in accordance with the law.

Under the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do, any act with a seditious intention, upon conviction, is liable to two-year imprisonment and a HK$5,000 fine upon conviction.

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