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Hong Kong Activist Renews Call for March After Hammer Attack

  • CHRF leader Jimmy Sham attacked for second time since August
  • Group has led some of largest protesters of past four months
Jimmy Sham speaks during a protest in Hong Kong on June 12.
Jimmy Sham speaks during a protest in Hong Kong on June 12.Photographer: Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg
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One of Hong Kong’s most prominent protest organizers -- including a march planned for Sunday -- was recovering after being attacked on the street by men wielding hammers.

Jimmy Sham -- convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, which has organized many of the city’s largest peaceful protests -- issued a plea from his hospital bed Thursday for police to allow the march go ahead in the Tsim Tsa Tsui area as planned. Sham was assaulted by four to five men Wednesday while on his way to a meeting in nearby Mong Kok -- the second time he’s been attacked since August.