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Politician knifed by flower-bearing ‘supporter’

Planting seed: ‘Supporter’ with flowers approaches Mr Ho and then stabs the politician in his chest

A PRO-BEIJING politician in Hong Kong has been stabbed by an anti-government protester posing as a flower-bearing supporter.

Video on social media captures the moment the man stabbed Junius Ho, who was out campaigning. He is seen handing Mr Ho a bouquet and ask for a photo with him, before pulling a knife out of his bag and stabbing him in the chest.

The attacker hurled abuse but was quickly overpowered.

After medical treatment, Mr Ho told reporters he sustained only minor injuries because the knife had been blocked by his rib cage.

The government condemned the attack and said police arrested the assailant. Mr Ho, two assistants and the attacker were all injured.

Mr Ho has become a hate figure for protesters since July 21, when 45 of them were injured in an attack by masked men in white T-shirts at a subway station in northern Yuen Long. Police later said triad gangs were involved.

Mr Ho was seen shaking hands with some of the attackers that night. But he said he bumped into the men and was thanking them for ‘defending their homes’, without knowing of the violence.