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Hong Kong Stabbing in Broad Daylight Raises Election Safety Questions

  • Attack on lawmaker raises doubts about district council vote
  • Vote could test Asian financial hub’s commitment to democracy
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Hong Kong Politician's Ear Bitten Off
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Hong Kong has been gripped for almost five months by protests demanding greater democracy. Now, a pair of bloody attacks on candidates is raising questions about whether the city can even hold an election.

On Wednesday, a pro-Beijing lawmaker known for his inflammatory comments against protesters was stabbed on the street while campaigning. Earlier this week, a pro-democracy candidate had a piece of his ear bitten off in a vicious brawl.