Peace and Freedom

Lai Ying-kit
South China Morning Post

Student leader Joshua Wong shows his injuries after receiving treatment at Kwong Wah Hospital. A man attacked him in Tai Kok Tsui shortly after midnight. Photo: Reuters

Pan-democratic lawmakers and 16 professional groups condemned yesterday’s alleged assault on student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung and his girlfriend, saying it posed a threat to freedom of speech.

The Professional Teachers’ Union and 15 other groups including psychologists, nurses and lawyers said they were outraged and urged police to track down the assailant.

Wong said the attack happened in Elm Street, Tai Kok Tsui shortly after midnight yesterday when he and his girlfriend, Tiffany Chin Sze-man, were walking to Mong Kok MTR station after watching a film at the nearby Olympian City mall.

Wong, an Open University undergraduate and convenor of student group Scholarism, said he was grabbed by the neck and punched in the face by…

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