The self-initiated “Lennon Walls” of sticky posters – which have popped up in various districts across Hong Kong, allowing protesters to voice their thoughts on the anti-extradition bill movement – have turned to a focal point for clashes between protesters and government supporters.
A video has gone viral on social media showing a man attacking two “Lennon Wall” volunteers in Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, early on Thursday.
A “Lennon Wall” has been set up on a pedestrian walkway connecting Kowloon Bay MTR station and Amoy Plaza. At 1 am, a heavy built middle-aged man in a grey shirt and black shorts carrying an umbrella had an argument with a few volunteers near the wall.
Volunteers were unable to stop the 46-year-old man, surnamed Wong, from destroying part of the wall. Wong also attacked a 65-year-old male volunteer surnamed Lee and swore at the volunteers as he tore the sticky posters from the wall.
Other volunteers tried to stop Wong and question him why he hit the elderly volunteer and punched one of the other male volunteers in the face.
The volunteer, a 36-year-old man surnamed Mak, did not hit back but put his hands behind his back and blocked Wong from approaching other people. Wong punched Mak who fell to the ground.
The 90-second video showed that Wong hit Mak 13 times. He provoked other volunteers claiming he was drunk and he could do whatever he wanted, including stabbing the volunteers with a knife.
Police arrived and arrested Wong for alleged wounding, while the two volunteers were sent to the United Christian Hospital for medical treatment.
Mak was discharged from hospital and is resting at home, Apple Daily reported.
When asked why he did not hit back, Mak –who is believed to be a black-belt holder in Taekwondo and has been practising Muay Thai for a couple of years – said if there had been a fight at that moment, passers-by may have been injured.
Mak said Wong scolded the volunteers as “useless youngsters” and they did not provoke him.
“Lennon Wall” volunteers in various districts have said they have been disturbed by the “blue ribbons”, referring to the color often used by government supporters.
In another incident, police with shields and batons had to break up a row at another Lennon Wall in Yau Tong, Kowloon, on Wednesday night between protesters and government supporters.
After about six youngsters arrived at the Yau Tong MTR Station Exit A and set up a Lennon Wall, a dozen middle-aged men arrived, swearing at the young protesters and stopped them from posting more messages.
Eventually, clashes broke out as about 200 to 300 people gathered at the scene. Police tried to separate the two groups, cordoned off the area and threatened to use force to disperse the crowd.
The crowd finally dispersed at 1am on Thursday. Three people were arrested and one person was injured and taken to hospital.
Pro-establishment netizens called on their Facebook pages on Wednesday for friends to go to Yau Tong to help “clear rubbish”.