Speculation has been rife about who the individuals are that are violently opposing the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Starting on Sept. 28, tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens began occupying central Hong Kong to demand universal suffrage.
Hundreds of people started to attack Occupy Central demonstrators gathered at Mongkok and Causeway Bay on the evening of Oct. 3, hitting people, knocking down protesters’ tents, and tearing up their banners.
“There were so many people suddenly rushing out, and they were all mainland people.” a female Hong Kong citizen who witnessed the scene told Sound of Hope radio in the United States.
“They saw me taking pictures of them, and then they stole my phone and cursed at us.”
Another female citizen indicated that a relative of her friend was one of the mainland Chinese attackers. The relative told her friend that because she was paid 5000 yuan (US$814the average annual income for a Chinese family is US$2,100) she needed to do what she was told.
Radio France Internationale (RFI) also reported that some mainland Chinese attackers are easy to recognize based on their behavior and accent. A man with a fruit knife in his pocket was arguing ferociously with Occupy Central protesters. He told the RFI reporter that he’s from Shenzhen City, across the border from Hong Kong in southern China’s Guangdong Province.
On the afternoon of Oct. 5, an older man was dressed up like a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Red Guard in the Great Cultural Revolution in the 1970s, wearing a green army uniform with a red star on his green hat. He cursed at the Occupy Central protesters at Causeway Bay, while holding a small knife in his hand. The police took his knife and led him away.
Pro-CCP Organizations Attack Occupy Central
The Hong Kong Youth Care Association (HKYCA) is a group that appeared suddenly in Hong Kong in June 2012 and began attacking and harassing practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong. In 1999 then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin launched a campaign to “eradicate” the practice.
A Hong Kong magazine discovered that the group’s leader was a CCP official and the group shared offices in Shenzhen with the Party organization tasked with persecuting Falun Gong. A source in a position to know has told Epoch Times Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying helped form the group.
On Oct. 3 Hongkongers witnessed the leader of the Youth Care Association damaging the supplies of Occupy Central demonstrators. A Hong Kong citizen named Miuson Chi published a photo on his Facebook page taken in Hong Kong on Oct. 3, showing a group of middle age and elder people dumping supplies of water bottles that belonged to Occupy Central.
Miuson Chi wrote, “The HKYCA damaging and robbing supplies.”
He pointed out that the HKYCA vice president Lin Guo-an was leading the group who dumped out the water. “It’s him who led the damage! [with a photo of Lin Guo-an] They opened all the water bottles and dumped the water. I yelled at him not to waste water. He [Lin] then took two bottles away for himself.” Miuson Chi wrote.
Another organization called Caring Hong Kong Power has been involved in attacks on the protesters. A photo of a memo attributed to the group that was published on Oct. 3 on Twitter discussed the use of violence to suppress Occupy Central. Hong Kong newspapers later reported the document was from the group.
“For the anti-Occupy Central movement and securing stability in Hong Kong, violence is necessary.” the document states.
“If the anti-Occupy Central movement does not go well, public opinion will be swayed to support police action against the students. If all else fails, the [People’s] Liberation Army will be deployed to exterminate the traitors who have betrayed China.”
— Kala OK (@ka1aok) October 3, 2014
Hongkongers have complained loudly at how the police are not protecting the protesters. The behavior of the police in this instance resembles how they also often failed to protect Falun Gong practitioners being attacked by the Youth Care Association.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily has reported several cases with video that shows police escorting attackers away from large crowds of angry Occupy Central protesters who yelled at the police to arrest them. The police let the attackers go.
Outraged at the release of the attackers, protesters confronted the police on the early morning of Oct. 5. in Mong Kok. Police used pepper spray to disperse the Occupy Central protesters.