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Razor blade mailed with death threat to radical HK politician

AFP AND AP , HONG KONG

An outspoken Hong Kong legislator was mailed a death threat containing a razor blade, it was revealed yesterday, days after a vicious attack on another pro-democracy lawmaker.

Leung Kwok-hung (梁國雄), a radical Marxist nicknamed "Long Hair" for his waist-length tresses, was sent the letter, peppered with swear words and criticizing his political activities, his assistant Foo Wai-lok said.

The letter, postmarked July 18 but only opened on Monday, warned Leung that if he did not commit suicide within three days, he would be tracked down in the Legislative Council.

"We have received a lot of threatening letters like this in the past, but we have never been threatened with a razor blade," Foo said. Leung is currently away in Europe.

Two weeks ago Audrey Eu (余若薇), a leader of the pro-democracy Civic Party, also received a mailed death threat along with a razor blade.

The latest threat came after Legislator Albert Ho (何俊仁) was badly beaten up by several men in a crowded fast-food restaurant with wooden batons and baseball bats, leaving him with a broken nose and head and face injuries.

Ho appeared in public yesterday for the first time since he was attacked, and he said he believed the assault was linked to his work as a legislator or a lawyer who challenged gangsters.

Wearing blue pajamas and sitting in a wheelchair, Ho told reporters at a hospital that he has handled many legal cases that would "jeopardize the interests" of criminal gangs.

"I will not rule out any possibility that any of these cases might be the cause of the attack," he said.

"I personally believe it has everything to do with my public duty as a legislator or my professional duty as a lawyer," he said.

Lawmakers met with police Commissioner Dick Lee (李明逵) yesterday and demanded additional security from police to protect them from threats and harassment.

"We have very frequent harassment, warning letters, and also criminal damages to our properties, banners and offices,'' Democratic Party Chairman Lee Wing-tat (李永達) said at a news conference attended by several colleagues.

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