Photo of the Day: 'Please mind the thug'

Signs warning passengers to 'Please mind the thug' surface after Yuen Long MTR attacks in Hong Kong

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(Photo from Instagram page @hkstreetart)

(Photo from Instagram page @hkstreetart)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In a parody of the famous voice on the Hong Kong MTR which exhorted passengers to "Please mind the platform gap," a sign surfaced on July 22 warning passengers to "Please mind the thug," in reference to the gangsters who attacked passengers at the Yuen Long MTR station on July 21.

On July 21, a mob of over 100 men wearing white T-shirts and brandishing blunt weapons indiscriminately assaulted passengers in Hong Kong's Yuen Long MTR Station. Many of the men are suspected of being triad members in collusion with the police, who were conveniently absent from the scene for long stretches of time during the mob's attack.

Protestors who have been demonstrating for the past two months against the controversial extradition bill suspect that the thugs may have been dispatched by Beijing, if not local pro-China politicians such as Junius Ho, to crush the protest movement. Out of defiance, signs started appearing in the Hong Kong MTR on July 22 which read, "Please mind the thugs"

On July 28, this photo of one of these signs was posted on the Instagram page @hkstreetart, where it received 319 likes. It was then in turn uploaded to the social media site Reddit on July 29, where it gained 495 upvotes.


Image posted on Instagram page @hkstreetart.

Other images similar signs made in response to the Yuen Long MTR attacks soon appeared as well:


Image posted by Twitter user @HighlandPaddyHK.


Image posted by Twitter user @HighlandPaddyHK.


Image posted by Twitter user @HighlandPaddyHK.