Pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu has said he has received information suggesting his life may be in danger, and will be reporting the matter to the police.
Chu said the threats were related to the violent mob attack in Yuen Long on July 21 and its aftermath. Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho was seen shaking hands with suspected mob members and applauding them before the attack occurred at the MTR station, which left 45 injured.
On July 24, the graves of Ho’s parents were vandalised by unknown people. During a daily Facebook live programme after the incident, Ho claimed that Chu’s followers were behind the vandalism. Ho said that Chu had to choose a path of being alive, or a path of not being alive.
At a press conference on Thursday, Chu said a powerful Yuen Long villager told him that “a friend in the underground world” planned to pay someone with a terminal illness to assassinate him. The villager urged Chu not to be on the streets alone, and not to be in contact with strangers, especially those who claimed to be supporters.
Chu then received further messages. A message claimed that people from an unknown village had issued a bounty to attack an assistant of Chu, who was accused of being responsible for the gravestone vandalism.
Another message claimed that Chu had given up the accused assistant to appease the villagers. Chu denied such claims. He said he confirmed with a well-placed source inside the government that the message was sent from Tuen Mun villagers, who planned to form a group to attack him, but the plan had been called off.
“We feel that our personal safety is in danger. I hope the police will summon, or invite the relevant people for interrogation, and investigate the incident,” he said.
Chu said he has moved out of his residence for safety.
After the 2016 Legislative Council election win, Chu said he was threatened by triads and received protection from the police. Chu said the current incident was similar to the 2016 case.
Asked if he will seek police protection, Chu said he will not be able to go to protest sites if he chooses to do so: “But I will not be afraid of white terror,” he said.