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Hong Kong Police Officer Knifed in Causeway Bay Incident, Suspect Dies After Stabbing Himself

Hong Kong officer knifed by man – an “unexpected” incident on the 100th anniversary of the CPC.

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On the night of July 1st, a police officer in Hong Kong was attacked and wounded outside the Sogo mall in Causeway Bay by a man who reportedly then stabbed himself.

The attack happened around 10 pm and was captured on camera (see tweet below). The footage shows two officers on duty outside the mall area. A man with a backpack dressed in a black T-shirt suddenly appears, pulls out a knife, and stabs one of the policemen.

Footage and images of the incident immediately started circulating on Chinese social media. Other videos showed an ambulance and medical staff at the scene where the officer was stabbed.

Other images show the suspect, who has now been detained, covered in blood and grabbing his chest area, confirming the online reports circulating shortly after the incident that the suspect had stabbed himself in the heart area after knifing the officer.

The Causeway Bay incident comes at a sensitive time. June 30th marked one year since the National Security Law was implemented in Hong Kong, and July 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party (CPC) – centennial celebrations are in full swing all across China. Light shows, exhibitions, ceremonies, and concerts are taking place in various cities.

The Hong Kong July 1st march, an annual protest rally, was banned this year, citing restrictions on public gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to these circumstances, the police was already on high alert.

The celebrations in Hong Kong have been highlighted by Chinese state media. Buses and trams in Hong Kong have been transformed for the 100th anniversary, featuring CPC elements and carrying the slogan “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the CPC, and the 24th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland.”

On Weibo, one Hong Kong police officer with over one million followers (@香港光頭警長) shared the news on his timeline, calling it “unexpected.” That police offer, nicknamed ‘Hong Kong bald officer,’ made headlines in late July of 2019 when he was violently attacked by a group of protesters on July 31st.

According to local media reports, the officer who was stabbed in Causeway Bay today was injured around the shoulder area.

Both the officer and the assailant were immediately hospitalized after the incident. According to RTHK News and other local media outlets, the suspect was pronounced dead at 23:30 local time.

On Weibo, many people are angered about the knife attack and send their well-wishes to the injured officer. A hashtag page dedicated to the incident on Weibo was removed around midnight.

By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)

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Hunan Man Kills Wife by Running Over Her Twice with SUV

The 22-year-old Hunan woman was killed by her husband after unsuccessfully filing for divorce.

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A fatal incident in which a man ran over his wife twice in front of an administrative office in Linxiang, Hunan, has become a trending topic on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on the morning of June 29, when the husband and wife met up to file for divorce. Due to an issue with the husband’s residence registration, they left the office unable to finalize their divorce.

The man, driving a white car, then reportedly had agreed to let his wife get some of her belongings from his car. But while approaching her by car, he suddenly sped up and hits her, after which he drove over her.

While some bystanders rushed to the victim who was laying on the sidewalk, the man turned his SUV around and ran over his wife a second time before fleeing the scene. A nearby driver captured the incident on a dash cam.

The woman, named Li, died at the hospital later that day. Li, mother of two children, was only 22 years old. The husband was later intercepted on the highway, and he has since been arrested. The case officially is still under investigation.

According to the victim’s cousin, who accompanied her to the administrative affairs office that day, the couple had since long separated and were only meeting to finalize the divorce. The cousin was just getting to her motorcycle at the parking place when Li was hit by the car.

On social media platform Weibo, hundreds of people responded to the news. “You can’t do this to anyone – let alone your own wife,” one commenter wrote, with others suggesting the man should be sentenced to death over what he did.

By Manya Koetse , with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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Chinese Twin Sisters Switched Identities to Illegally Travel Abroad over 30 Times

The lookalike sisters thought it was “convenient” to use each other’s passport to travel to Japan, Russia, Thailand and other countries.

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On June 27, a local public security bureau in the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, released a press statement regarding the peculiar case of twin sisters who used each other’s identity to travel abroad over thirty times.

The two Zhou sisters, *Hong and *Wei (pseudonyms), started switching identities when Hong’s husband, a Japanese national, returned to Japan. Hong wanted to join her husband in Japan, but her visa application was repeatedly denied due to not meeting the requirements.

Hong then decided to use her sister’s travel documents to travel to Japan to see her husband various times. She reportedly also used her sister’s passport to travel to Russia. She ended up traveling between China, Russia, and Japan at least thirty times.

Wei, who reportedly thought this way of switching identities was “convenient”, also used her sister’s passport to travel to Thailand and some other countries on four different occasions.

After authorities found out what the sisters had been up to earlier in 2022, they were advised in May to return back to China. While the case is still under investigation, the sisters are now being held for the criminal offense of border management obstruction.

The case went trending in the hot-search topic list on Weibo, where many people are wondering how this could have happened so many times. “If you exit and enter the country, aren’t fingerprints collected?”, some wondered, with others saying the border technological systems were apparently not good enough to detect such identity fraud.

There were also those who thought the story was quite “amazing” and sounded “like the plot of a television series.”

By Manya Koetse

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