On August 26, the police arrested 13 people including Lam Cheuk-ting, a legislator of the Democratic Party, and charged them with crimes such as riots at the Yuen Long Station on July 21 last year. The police held a press conference in the afternoon and described the July 21 incident as a conflict between “two evenly-matched parties of different views”. The police is accused of “tampering with history” and “calling a stag a horse.”
Last July 21, over 100 white-clad assailants – some with triad backgrounds – indiscriminately attacked passengers, protesters, journalists and commuters inside and around Yuen Long’s MTR station.
Hong Kong police claim that the Yuen Long attack involved two evenly-matched parties of different views, denying that it was an indiscriminate attack initiated by the assailants and “collusion between police and triads.”
Lam Cheuk-ting claimed that he was a victim of the July 21 incident, but is being turned into a defendant, criticising the police for having become a political tool to “persecute the innocent and protect the thugs.”
The Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai criticised the police’s actions for confusing right and wrong, and emphasized that the Lam was at the scene to mediate the dispute, but the police turned the plaintiff into the defendant, which was obviously an indiscriminate arrest and a chilling effect.