Hong Kong

Triad Involvement in Anti-Occupy Central Clashes Confirmed

After anti-Occupy groups attacked pro-democracy protesters on Friday and Saturday, injuring several demonstrators, many wondered whether these assaults, which appeared well-organised and planned in advance, were the work of triad members. Yesterday at a press conference the Secretary for Security of Hong Kong Lai Tung-kwok (黎棟國) confirmed that triad members were involved in the clashes. 

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsKwok said that the government severely condemns the violent behaviour of some individuals, and confirmed that the police had arrested 19 suspects, 8 of whom have triad links. They allegedly assaulted demonstrators during clashes in Mong Kok, a popular shopping district. According to the ‘China Times’, some of the thugs may have been taxi or minibus drivers with triad affiliation. 

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The presence of criminal syndicates in Hong Kong’s minibus service is notorious (see Yiu Kong Chu: Triads as Business, 2000, pp. 56-61). Some drivers may have been easy to mobilise against Occupy Central. Since pro-democracy demonstrations have paralyzed the traffic, the drivers’ most lucrative business in the busiest areas of the city has been disrupted. 

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