A pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was injured in a knife attack on Wednesday, the latest political violence to break out in a city plunged by months of democratic protests.
A video posted online showed the time of the attack.
A man holding a bouquet of flowers approached Unius Ho on Wednesday morning while a politician was campaigning with party members in his constituency of Tuen Moon, a suburban town. of Hong Kong near the border with China.
The man presented Ho's flowers, asked for a picture, and then removed a knife from his bag before striking his victim in the chest.
Ho and his aides quickly subdued a man who could be heard shouting in Cantonese: "Junius Ho, scum!"
Police said three people were injured in the incident, including the attacker.
A police source who refused to be baptized told AFP that Ho received a stab wound to the left of his chest and the attacker was arrested.
Ho, 57, was conscious when he entered the ambulance.
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Along with Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and Police Chief Steven Lo, Ho has become one of the most hated figures in the organization among protesters against democracy.
He has long been one of the strictest pro-Turkish politicians in the city.
But he shot to fame on July 21, after being filmed shaking hands with a group of men in the city of Yuen Long, who continue to beat protesters with sticks and poles, hospitalizing 40 people.
He made numerous statements in support of Hong Kong police and the echo of condemnations of protesters in Beijing, often using inflammatory language.
Most recently, he accused a prominent opposition lawmaker of "eating a foreign sausage" because she was married to a British journalist.
Following the Yuen Long attack, Ho's office was taken from visitors and his parents' graves were also vandalized.
Hong Kong was suspended for nearly five months by huge and increasingly violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.
Beijing and the city's leadership have taken a firm line against the protests, denying the concessions.
Without a political rebate solution in sight, street fighting erupts on both sides of the ideological divide with increasing frequency.
Proponents of pro-China attack opponents in the summer, often in targeted attacks against prominent state critics and opposition politicians.
Eight pro-democracy figures were attacked, including protest organizer Jimmy Sham, who was hospitalized last month by men wearing hammers.  On Sunday, a man with a knife attacked protesters against democracy, including a local politician who bit his ear.
But violence is far from one-sided. Crowds protesting democracy are routinely involved. their ideological adversaries, usually with the spontaneous violence of mobsters during rallies.
A man was knocked unconscious and stripped naked in the Mongcock area on Saturday.
Beijing is unwilling to respond to protesters' demands, and activists show no sign of leaving the streets with 22 consecutive weekends of unrest.