Hong Kong extradition law: police arrest 11 men over Yuen Long attacks on anti-fugitive bill protesters

Hong Kong extradition law: police arrest 11 men over Yuen Long attacks on anti-fugitive bill protesters

A weapon-wielding mob staged an attack that left 45 people injured

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A suspect arrested in connection with the Yuen Long violence on Sunday night is escorted to Tin Shui Wai police station.
Photo: Winson Wong/SCMP

Hong Kong police have arrested a total of 11 men so far as they began hunting down the mob responsible for an unprecedented rampage at a train station in the northern town of Yuen Long that left 45 people injured.

Sources told SCMP more than 100 men in white T-shirts were involved in Sunday night’s bloody violence, including members of the notorious 14K and Wo Shing Wo triad gangs.

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The city’s embattled police force came under heavy fire for turning up too late to stop the shocking attacks on anti-government protesters, journalists and passers-by at the station, as well as terrified passengers on trains.

The six men arrested on Monday – arrested for unlawful assembly – were aged 24 to 54. Some of them had triad backgrounds, while others were drivers, hawkers, renovation workers or unemployed. An additional five people were arrested on Tuesday. Police sources say that 10 of the attackers have fled the city. 

Police swooped on the men at their homes in the Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai areas on Monday evening as they moved on those suspected of taking part in Sunday’s rampage.

Usually bustling Yuen Long became a ghost town on Monday, with businesses closed and streets deserted, amid rumours and fears of more violence.
 
While police said they had no evidence of imminent violence in Yuen Long, stores remained closed in the upmarket Yoho mall, next to the scene of Sunday night’s chaos, and key shopping zones such as Yuen Long Plaza, the Yuen Long section of Castle Peak Road and Fau Tsoi Street.

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