A firebrand pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was wounded in a knife attack on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat political violence to break out in a city engulfed by seething pro-democracy protests.
Junius Ho has become a hated figure among the protesters over perceived links to violence against them.
After receiving medical treatment Wednesday, Ho told local reporters that he was left with a chest wound just under an inch deep and that his ribs blocked the blade from doing greater damage. Ho, his assistant and the attacker were hospitalised, said a police official who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorised to make statements.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met Lam in Shanghai on Tuesday, vouching support for her administration.
She said Hong Kong's judges would only rule on cases on the basis of fact and legal principles.
Lam, who earlier held talks with Vice Premier Han Zheng, said she was grateful for support from Chinese leadership during her trip and pledged to strictly enforce the law to restore order.
The HKSAR treasures judicial independence and the rule of law, it said, adding that "We are confident that our system of inviting judges from other common law jurisdictions to sit on the Court of Final Appeal will continue to work well". The region has more autonomy and rights than mainland China.
Anti-govt protester lies on a mattress during a protest in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, China on Wednesday. No details were given.
Video of the incident surfaced on social media and has been widely broadcast by Hong Kong news outlets. When he reached into his bag, appearing to search for a camera, he took out a knife and stabbed Ho in the chest.
As he was being subdued, he was heard calling Ho "human scum", declaring that the lawmaker should pay with his life for an infamous attack against subway riders in Yuen Long on July 21.
At least 45 people were injured in the attack that marked a dark turn in the unrest and raised accusations that police, who were slow to arrive, colluded with the attackers.
The concern group has said that many councilor's offices or places where they serve the community have been repeatedly vandalized by rioters.
Ho has denied any connections to the triads and the men seen in the videos. He said he bumped into the men after dinner and thanked them for "defending their homes" but said he didn't know about the violence until later. Even his parents' graves were desecrated in the past. "We urge everyone to cherish the district council election, which is a very important platform, and not to sabotage the long-standing good election culture in Hong Kong", he noted. The seats are now dominated by the pro-establishment bloc.
However, social media posts were skeptical, saying the attack could have been staged as a way of enabling the government to call off the polls altogether.
The party said 150 incidents of their candidates being harassed and vandalism targeting their offices had been reported in the last month... He said "black forces" were targeting pro-establishment candidates and incumbents running for seats in Hong Kong's legislature, and he vowed to "remain courageous and fearless".
The assault on Ho comes only a day after a person was charged for biting off a part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician and attacking others with a knife after a heated political row outdoors a shopping center.