×

×

×

All passengers,
PLEASE LEAVE the train!

×

Driver ,close the door!
Start the train!

×

Following the officers' departure, the
white-clad men lifted the shutter gate up,
forced their way into the station
and attacked civilians again.
Yuen Long Station Platform
Concourse Level
Fung Yau Street North
(2-minute walk from Yeun Long Station)
600-700 assailants
assembled at peak time
Suspected gang members
in white shirt and red arm bands

Fung Yau Street North
(Kai Tei)

Wood stick with
wooden handle
Ratten cane set
with metal beads
Metal pipe

Weapons used

Oh no, mob in white!

×

The First Victim

A cook who just got off his shift was unfortunately attacked by the mob because he was dressed in black.

Junius Ho
Pro-Beijing Legco Member
Thanks for the hard work!
You guys are my hero!

×

RTHKReporter
LI Hon Man
Pat Heung DivisionCommander,
Yeun Long District
Why are you so late?
When did you arrive
at the scene?
Have you madeany arrest?
Why wasn't anyonearrested?
A lot of people were on the train,
why weren't there any officers?
Not answering the question from
one single reporter? How about all of us?
Are you answering if we all come here?
I don't know if we
are late, we just came 
after receiving the call.
I don't have time to check my
watch, sorry! Did you see how
chaotic it was? How could we
find the time to check the time?
Not to my knowledge for now.
Stop questioning me!
I am not answering the question
from only one single reporter.
You don't scare me with all of you here.
‍You can't threaten me by that.

×

Nam Pin Wai
Police befriended
with a group of
white-clad men
Following the anti-extra bill march on 21 July 2019, a group of white-clad men clad men indiscriminately attacked civilians in Yuen Long.
2 Uniformed
Police Officers
arrived at
Yuen Long West Station
but left without
taking any actions.
Emergency Services?
Men in white with
sticks are assembling
in Yuen Long!
Don't go out if
you're frightened.

Course of Attack

6pm

White-clad men began gathering and handing out surgical masks among themselves at Fung Yau Street North.

930pm

A witness had called emergency services 3 times. No one explained why no police officers arrived at the scene.

A patrolling police vehicle drove past the mob at Fung Yau Street North. Officers inside the vehicles did not bother to approach them.

945pm

A chef was attacked by the white-clad men near Fung Yau Street North.

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That night

Legislative councillor Junius Ho Kwan-yiu was found taking photos with some white-clad men, giving thumbs up to them, and shaking hands. He said: "Thanks for the hard work… You guys are my hero."

×

1040pm WHITE-CLAD MEN ENTER MTR STATION

1

A large number of white-clad men entered Yuen Long West station, attacked civilians indiscriminately with wooden sticks.

3

A pregnant woman was attacked and fell to the ground. Her head was injured, and her baby was unharmed.

×

7

White-clad men entered the train and attacked passengers indiscriminately. A passenger took to his knees, saying "We are all Hong Kongers". He tried to help pick up the pair of eyeglasses of one of the white-clad men, but got a punch on his face in return.

×

2

A reporter from Stand News was attacked. She suffered head and finger injuries. A video journalist from Now TV News was also attacked, with his camera shattered.

×

6

Passengers demanded the train captain to start the train. But passengers were asked to get off the train.

×

8

On his way to Yuen Long to investigate the incident, Legislative Councillor Lam Cheuk-ting was attacked inside the train. He later had 18 stitches on his mouth and bone fracture in his arm.

×

1120pm

About 40 police officers arrived at the scene, but the attackers had already fled. Locals were infuriated at the police for their late response.

At the request of the police, MTR shuts down Yuen Long West station at 11:55pm. Victims stayed in the station; they were too afraid to leave.

12am

A group of white-clad men attacked civilians. But police officers arrived quite late to the scene. In his reply to reporters, Pat Heung Division Commander Li Hon-man said: "I don't know if we're late, I did not look at my watch." He went on to say, and "Stop asking me these questions, you won't scare me like this."

×

White-clad men still gathered outside Yuen Long West station, attacking local residents with wooden sticks.

Yuen Long gang leader "Fei Tin Nam" waved a long stick as citizens were attacked at Exit J of Yuen Long West station. He had a heart attack shortly after.

1230am

3

District Councillor Wilson Wong showed up at Yuen Long West Station and was wounded when he tried to protect citizens from the assailants.

2

Former news anchor Ryan Lau was attacked when he tried to assist citizens at the scene. He had 8 stitches on wounds of his head.

×

4

The staff of Yoho Mall and local residents witnessed the attack and called the police, who did not respond.

1-3am

3

Police attempted to enter Nam Pin Wai village as some residents began throwing objects at them. They later retreated.

2

White-clad men gathered at Nam Pin Wai throughout midnight. Some still held weapons. But riot police did not check and make arrests.

4

Police finally entered Nam Pin Wai village to investigate, seized a batch of metal pipes, and arrested one white-clad man.

Following the anti-extra bill march on 21 July 2019, a group of white-clad men clad men indiscriminately attacked civilians in Yuen Long.

6pm

White-clad men began gathering and handing out surgical masks among themselves at Fung Yau Street North.

930pm

A witness had called emergency services 3 times. No one explained why no police officers arrived at the scene.

A patrolling police vehicle drove past the mob at Fung Yau Street North. Officers inside the vehicles did not bother to approach them.

945pm

1040pm WHITE-CLAD TERRORISTS ENTER MTR STATION

A large number of white-clad men entered Yuen Long West station, attacked civilians indiscriminately with wooden sticks.

1120pm

About 40 police officers arrived at the scene, but the attackers had already fled. Locals were infuriated at the police for their late response.

At the request of the police, MTR shuts down Yuen Long West station at 11:55pm. Victims stayed in the station; they were too afraid to leave.

12am

White-clad men still gathered outside Yuen Long West station, attacking local residents with wooden sticks.

Yuen Long gang leader "Fei Tin Nam" waved a long stick as citizens were attacked at Exit J of Yuen Long West station. He had a heart attack shortly after.

1230am

District Councillor Wilson Wong showed up at Yuen Long West Station and was wounded when he tried to protect citizens from the assailants.

The staff of Yoho Mall and local residents witnessed the attack and called the police, who did not respond.

1-3am

Police attempted to enter Nam Pin Wai village as some residents began throwing objects at them. They later retreated.

Police finally entered Nam Pin Wai village to investigate, seized a batch of metal pipes, and arrested one white-clad man.

THAT NIGHT

White-clad Men

Indiscriminately
Attacks

600 – 700 People

Wo Shing Wo (Triad)

14K (Triad)

Yuen Long
Rural Committees

Wo On Lok (Triad)

Until December 18, 2019

37

attackers

arrested

only

7

charged with rioting
and/or conspiracy
to injuring others

Aged between

18

to

61

Citizens

1030PM
0130AM

24000

calls

to
Emergency hotline
in 3 HOURS
Emergency Call Handlers

Hung Up

Did not go through

were told "Don't go out if you're afraid"

Police

11

minutes

after the initial attack,
2 policemen arrived at
the scene but walked away.
They claimed that they were
waiting for reinforcement.

28

minutes

later, around
40 policemen
arrived

Failed Citizens'
Expectation

15

minutes

is the average
time of arrival

The police headquarters

has access to the MTR

REAL-TIME CCTV

Emergency
Call Handler

20

call handlers

Handling 3 districts,
severely understaffed
Call handlers are asked
to tell incoming calls:

We have received similar reports
and are handling that.

However, did not immediately
send police to the scene
Yuen Long Police Station gates closed;

HANGING UP PHONES

to stop calling in;
increased burden of call handlers

Injured
Victims

45

patients

were HOSPITALISED

Tuen Mun Hospital

Pok Oi Hospital

Tin Shui Wai Hospital

19

4

已出院

22

1

需留院

1

危殆

4

1

嚴重

15

1

穩定

Bleeding at cornersof the mouth,multiple woundson body.

Arms and right shoulder slightly wounded, swelling at the back of the head.

Camera shattered.
Injuries at backand arms.

Forehead and backof head injured.

Bashed head, bleeding, bruises.

MTR Staff

8

Train Operators

Join-Signature
in complain

Over

700

employees

issued astatement with their real names,
SEVERELY CONDEMNED
the MTR management

MTR

EXPRESS REGRET

at staff and passengers
being attacked

Investigative documentary

i-Cable News:
721 Yuen Long Black Night

Hong Kong Connection:
721 Yuen Long Nightmare

New York Times:
Visual Investigations

Now Report:
Yuen Long Black Night

元朗白衣黑夜:7月21日晚,元朗一批白衣人出現,發生打人暴力事件。本台特備節目「元朗黑夜」,重整襲擊事件過程。

Translation:
Yuen Long White-Clad Black Night: On July 21, Yuen Long, a violent incident caused by a mob of white-clad men. Our channel's special program "Yuen Long Black Night" organised the course of events of the terror attack.

The police have been accused of mishandling Yuen Long's attack on 21 July. Stephen Lo Wai-Chung, the Commissioner of Police, explained that the "delay" was due to insufficient manpower as the force was busy dealing with a protest in Hong Kong Island, as well as 3 cases of fight and 1 case of fire in the Yuen Long district.

Hong Kong Connection's reporters have collected CCTV footage dated 21 July form different cameras along Fung Yau Street North, Yuen Long, and interviewed relevant persons, to reconstruct the attack's timeline and take a closer look at the police's arrangement during Yuen Long's "nightmare".

After a violent mob attack in Hong Kong, protesters accused the police of ignoring their calls for help. We reconstruct what happened that night.

六月以來的反修例抗爭,持續至七月。在元朗發生的白衣人追打市民的無差別暴力襲擊事件,令人髮指。今集《經緯線》搜集元朗區居民事前收到的訊息、網上帖文的蛛絲馬跡、被襲人士親述被追打經過,警方當日是否部署失當?七月二十七日,大批市民不理會市民反對,在元朗集結及遊行,抗議襲擊事件。一名居於元朗的青年,決定走到前線,希望可以在警方與示威者之間做調停。

Translation:
Since the Anti-extradition protests began in June through July, the Yuen Long attack from the violent incident of white-clad men indiscriminately attacked citizens caused an outrage. This episode of “Now Report” gathered information received from Yuen Long residents, onlines posts, and relatives of victims. Were the police improperly deployed that day? On July 27, a large group of protestors, despite other residents disagreements, began rallying in Yuen Long to protest against the violent incident. A young Yuen Long resident decided to go to the frontline, hoping to mediate the clashes between the police and the protestors.

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