Ho denies links to plot as footage shows him greeting men in white

Top News | Phoenix Un 23 Jul 2019

Pro-establishment legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu denies any links to alleged triads who attacked residents in Yuen Long, saying his warm greetings of the men in white was an appreciation for "defending their home."

It was alleged that Ho was behind the attack at the MTR Yuen Long Station, after video footage shows him shaking hands with men in white, telling them they "did a great job." He even gives them a thumbs-up.

Some of those men were the alleged attackers.

Ho, a solicitor who represents the New Territories West geographical constituency, which includes Yuen Long, called the men "heroes," who in turn called him their "idol."

Ho told a press conference yesterday that he knew some of the men, but only happened to run into them after dinner and shook their hands. He claimed he only learned about the men's violent actions after returning home.

Asked by a female reporter why he shook hands with the men, Ho offered to shake her hand but she refused.

"When I reach out my hand to you, you feel intimidated," Ho said. "Shaking hands is just a gesture. I think you have jumped to conclusions."

Ho explained he gave a thumbs-up to praise the men for their spirit of "defending their home and people," but not their violent action against others.

Then he said the violence stemmed from some netizens' calls to "rehabilitate Yuen Long," which made local residents anxious, resulting in the white-shirt action.

He blamed Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, who was beaten by the gang, for bringing "black-shirt thugs" to Yuen Long to protest, triggering the violent acts. But video footage also shows a pregnant woman falling to the ground.

"The black-shirt thugs made the floor wet, and the woman could have slipped and fell down," Ho said.

Asked if he would cut himself off from the alleged triad members, he asked the reporters why should he.

Asked if he regretted shaking hands with the "white-shirt thugs," Ho argued with the reporter, saying "won't you regret asking this question?"

More than 100 people yesterday stormed Ho's office at the Tsuen Fung Centre in Tsuen Wan.

Chanting "shame on Junius Ho," protesters broke glass walls, threw eggs, scattered documents from his office onto the ground, posted memo papers and drew on the wall.

Democracy Camp Meetings convener Claudia Mo Man-ching said the camp would pursue Ho's responsibility in all possible ways, including launching a probe via the Legco Powers and Privileges Ordinance.

Former legislator Audrey Eu Yuk-mee wrote to the Law Society to complain about Ho.

phoenix.un@singtaonewscorp.com

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