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Artist Lee Wen 'attacked in bathroom' at Hong Kong's City University

Singaporean was found unconscious and bloodied in toilet after City University forum

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 5:07am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 May, 2014, 4:25pm

Singaporean artist Lee Wen was discharged from hospital yesterday, a day after he was found unconscious in a City University bathroom with facial injuries following a forum there.

Police and media had initially said Lee could not recall if he had slipped and hurt himself or was beaten up. But he became convinced he had been attacked, according to his friend and fellow artist, Chan San-mu.

During the forum, Lee criticised the human rights situation on the mainland, but he did not speculate on a motive for the apparent attack, which resulted in minor injuries.

Lee was too tired to discuss with his friends who could have been behind the attack, said Chan, who met Lee after he was discharged from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. Lee was set to leave Hong Kong as scheduled today.

The 56-year-old, who has Parkinson's disease, was in the city for the Art Basel event.

"He was attacked before he had a chance to see what [the perpetrator] looked like," Chan said.

Liu Nanxi, another friend of Lee's and the project officer of the Centre for Community Cultural Development, wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday: "There was blood all over [his] face and he was left unconscious on the floor for half an hour."

Yesterday Liu wrote that Lee had told them "not to jump to any conclusions" when they asked him if the culprit could be an extremist from the mainland.

Online, many speculated that Lee had been attacked because during the forum he raised concerns about the arrest this month of soldier-turned-artist Chen Guang. Police in Beijing arrested Chen when he staged a work of performance art to commemorate the Tiananmen Square crackdown as its 25th anniversary approaches.

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said "it would be hard to draw any conclusion based on the incomprehensive reports". But he said the alliance would offer help if necessary.

City University declined to comment.


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Wow, PLA shills all over this thread. Guys, you're being too obvious, tone it down a notch.
Would expect this at appledaily
(1) A man of Parkinson. (2) Incidence occur in the bathroom of a private location. (3) Is it an open bathroom or a closed one? If open, then someone should discover him soon. If closed and locked, he should know someone breaking in and the lock should be damaged. (4) The injury is on the front and he couldn't see who attacked him. (5) Police and media had initially said Lee could not recall if he had slipped and hurt himself or was beaten up. But he became convinced he had been attacked. Some common sense would tell how preposterous the story.
So someone "convinced" or persuaded him that he had been attacked and only then he believed he had been attacked. He now is a martyr. But should activists be also honest?
"There was blood all over [his] face and he was left unconscious on the floor for half an hour.", says Liu Nanxi. How did the speaker know how long Lee Wen was unconscious for? Was she around, and did she get help during the half hour?
The victim himself cannot rule out that he lost consciousness - how could this article have be published under the 'attacked in bathroom' title?
To SCMP - another piece of disappointing article - occurring too frequently nowadays.
Without proof or evidence, both SCMP journos Samuel Chan and Jeffie Lam, intimate that he was attacked because of his critism of the mainland. Infering that China extremists were responsible for the assault (if it was an attack which he himself was not sure). How come more prominient personage with higher power to motivate are not attacked for their critisism of the mainland? I do not think it is right for journalists to use their privilege to further aggravate the discord between China & HK which is already bordering on violence.
Dai Muff
Given that a very common symptom of Parkinson's (and Lee Wen's seems quite serious) is freezing and toppling forward, I think more investigation needs to be done. Also I think City U should have CCTV in the corridors that might show if anyone went into the bathroom before or after him. I may well be an attack, which would be disgraceful and barbaric, but I am getting a slight sense of words being put into his mouth.
Since universities, even those on the mainland, encourage discussion and debate, I sincerely hope CityU's Taiwanese president pushes the police to investigate this attack. Doing nothing amounts to acceptance of intimidation and means the goddess of democracy statue at CityU actually stands for nothing. As someone who works at the institution where this attack took place I am shocked and very upset. Does this attack mean no one who expresses an opinion about mainland policies is safe now? The other thing to keep in mind is that CityU has a lot of mainland students. Keeping the peace on campus could become an issue following this incident.., kmr
HK triads: enforcement & intimidation arm of the CCP security apparatus in the SAR
Terrible reporting. When, where, what time, etc.? A secondary school student could do better. The conversion of this once fine newspaper into a blatant CCP propaganda tool is now complete.
"He did it for the money."
Is that the epitaph the proprietor and his offspring wish for an otherwise respected businessman? It is indeed a pity.




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