Hong Kong police on Monday condemned rioters who went on the rampage again during the past weekend, with violent acts from smashing shops and vandalizing metro stations to launching firebomb and cut-throat attacks against police.
The destructive acts were committed extensively across Hong Kong in an organized manner, the police said in a statement, stressing that the masked rioters completely disregarded the law and order, and breached the public peace.
Thugs rampantly assaulted police officers, police vehicles and stations. A rioter slashed an officer's neck from behind with a sharp-edged object at Kwun Tong metro station.
Shops with mainland backgrounds and residents who held different political views were also attacked by roaming battalions of mobsters.
The Hospital Authority said a total of 73 people injured in violent incidents had been sent to hospital, and six were still in serious condition this morning.
The police reiterated that no violent behavior will be tolerated and vowed resolute law enforcement to safeguard the public safety and bring all lawbreakers to justice.