Hong Kong authorities warned residents Sunday against paying tribute to a man who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself, saying it was “supporting terrorism.” Hong Kong authorities and police described the attacker, who stabbed a police officer July 1, as a “lone wolf” and a politically “radicalized” person. Hong Kong residents still pay a silent tribute and lay flowers to the police officer stabber.
Hong Kong authorities today warned residents not to pay tribute to Leung Kin-fai, the man who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself, AFP reported from Hong Kong today. Police have described the attacker, who stabbed a police officer on July 1, as a “lone wolf” and politically “radicalized,” after Leung Kin-fai killed himself that day by stabbing himself in the chest with a knife. Police warned to mourn the death of Leung Kin-fai suspected of supporting terrorism.
AFP said Hong Kong has become a deeply divided city, with many residents increasingly resentful of Beijing’s growing control. huge, often violent pro-democracy protests had rocked the city for months in 2019. In response, Beijing implemented a national security law in 2020 to take back control of the territory and end any dissent.
On Friday, people tried to honor those who attacked the police by laying flowers and observing a minute of silence.
“There is no difference between suggesting that the public mourn the attackers and supporting terrorism,” according to police in a statement, adding that they are investigating whether these “incited” to commit such acts. Police warned that “any act with the intent to incite” could be prosecuted, which could result in a two-year jail term.
On Friday, Hong Kong media published pictures showing white flowers laid by people who came to pay tribute to the attackers being thrown into trash cans, and they were either detained and loaded into police vehicles.
Critics, including many in the West, say China has not kept its promise to allow the city some freedom and autonomy until 2047, as promised in a 1997 transfer agreement between London and Beijing, the report said.
Because of the political situation, many companies are being more cautious to avoid incurring the wrath of the authorities. Hong Kong beverage distributor Vitasoy, for example, confirmed that the attackers on the police were its employees and expressed regret over the tragedy. However, the company was quickly forced to apologize and condemn the attack after a backlash on social media in mainland China.