Men aged between 24 and 54 will be accused of "unlawful assemblage," police said at a press conference Monday. Their motives are still under investigation, but the police argue that some of the arrested have had links with local criminal gangs known as triads.
Shows posted in social media on Sunday evening showed a mass band with masked men dressed in white T-shirts and sticks and sticks, blind attacking crowds on the platform, and inland train wagons at Yuen Long MTR station in the northwest of the city.
Many of those who have been affected by violence are returning home after have been involved in mass demonstrations in the city, leading to accusations that the gangs have been paid to cause excitement and direct protesters.
Forty-five people were hospitalized after the violence in Yen Long, with one person in a critical condition, according to the Hong Kong Information Services Department. Videos show that people have been beaten on the floor and left bleeding and dazed.
The incident angered many people in the city, the feeling that was exacerbated by the police, which took an hour to arrive at the scene and not to arrest that night. The character and the ferocity of the attack also question the ability of Hong Kong police to protect the city's residents.
Protesters promised to go to Yun Long on Sunday to protest the violence.
What, or what are the triads? Men in white T-shirts with poles are seen in Yuen Long after attacking demonstrators against extradition to a railway station in Hong Kong. ”
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Police Commissioner Stephen Lo on Monday denied allegations that law enforcement officers are working with bands recruited to attack protesters and say the delay is because police resources are located at Hong Kong's main protest square, an hour from Yun Long.
"We will investigate if we are ineffective But we are not related to the triads, we ask you to trust the police Last night, we all focused on Hong Kong We had to regroup Yun Long, he said, but similar claims of collusion were made in 2014 when masked men with alleged links to organized crime attacked protesters Umbrella Movement Ho were staying in the Mong Kok district for weeks the police said that the police had failed to protect them and had not arrested people who had seen that they had committed violence
Varese of the University of Oxford and Rebecca Wai Wong City, University of Hong Kong, said the triad groups "may have found a new role as a performer of unpopular policies and repression against democratic protests in the context of a drift toward authoritarianism in Hong Kong."
Professor T Wing Lo, a triad of triad societies at City University in Hong Kong, told CNN that the level of organization in the scenes of Sunday implies that it was done by a triad group
"But the participants were not all members of the triad," he said. "Some are just plain peasants, some are paid to do the job."
Lo says the group that committed the Yun Long attack will probably be paid by the pro-Chinese authorities
The crime committed by the triads is for money, Lo said. "We call this unlawful government – sometimes, when governments can not use official enforcement for any reason, they pay for it – that's the normal way to do business."
While the police did not confirm the incident in Yun Long was coordinated under the leadership of the Triada Group, the bandit-hiring phenomenon is common to the border in mainland China. It is well known that the authorities are hiring criminals to impose policies or impose decisions, according to Lynn Oung, professor of political science at the University of Toronto and author of Thugs-for-Hire: state coercion and "daily repression" in China. "