A participant in the Hong Kong district elections at the end of this month was stabbed Wednesday. The victim Junius Ho, who is strongly opposed to anti-government protests, has been taken to the hospital. His condition is stable.
The injured Ho let the hospital know that he is out of danger. In an online statement he reports that he has been hit in the chest. Two of his colleagues were also injured in the attack. The alleged perpetrator was transferred to the hospital with unknown injury. He was arrested by the police. Nothing is yet known about his motive, but the attack may have to do with the views of Ho.
Ho received a lot of criticism because of a video that was shot at the train station in Yuen Long in July. In it, the politician laughs and shakes hands with people who probably shortly before had abused dozens of protesters.
Other candidates taking part in the elections on 24 November have also been attacked. This includes supporters and opponents of the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping. A pro-democratic district member lost part of his ear last week after a man armed with a knife bit him there.