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Hong Kong judge airs sympathy for anti-protest man who stabbed 3 citizens, blames pro-democracy movement

Activists have urged the public to file complaints after a Hong Kong judge expressed sympathy for a man who was sentenced to 45 months in prison for stabbing three people in front of a pro-democracy message board last August.

Judge Kwok Wai-kin said the defendant, Tony Hung, was a victim of the pro-democracy protests as they affected his livelihood as a tour guide. According to Ming Pao, Kwok said Hung had made an “involuntarily sacrifice” and had suffered a reduced income.

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“If there had not been such unusual unrest in Hong Kong, the mishap would not have happened,” Kwok said. He added that protests at the airport targeting mainland visitors had put a nail in the tourism industry’s coffin.

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