Banners promoting district councillors belonging to the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood have been slashed in Kowloon City in what appears to be a politically motivated attack.
'Vandalism used to occur in isolated cases before an election, but we have never suffered damages of such scope,' councillor Lee Kin-kan said.
The faces of the councillors on six banners have been slashed in a string of vandalism attacks that started a couple of weeks ago.
The association has four councillors in Kowloon City District: Lee Kin-kan, Kenny Lam Kin-man, Rosanda Mok Ka-han and Liu Sing-lee. None of their faces were spared in the vandalism.
Ms Mok said this was the first time her banners had been slashed. 'I've served the district for nearly 10 years. It's very unusual.'
The damaged banners were hung in various parts of the district, from Prince Edward Road West to Kwei Chow Street and To Kwa Wan Road. The vandalism appeared premeditated as some of the banners were several bus stops away from each other, according to Ms Mok.
She said she could not recall her group offending anyone recently.
A banner in To Kwa Wan was cut at the end of last month and replaced, but its replacement was vandalised soon afterwards.
Mr Lam, a lawyer, said the vandalism should be considered a criminal act. 'It is worrying to see the damage occurring again and again,' he said. 'At the moment, it is hard to determine whether the vandalism was done by just one person.'
The councillor said he was worried about the possibility of further vandalism as the November 18 district council vote drew near. 'We hope the police will keep an eye on the situation and try to deter potential vandals,' Mr Lee said.
Ip Che-kin, a Kowloon City District councillor from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said his banners were often vandalised.
'It is very common. We usually report them to the police when such things happen,' Mr Ip said.
Last August, a 34-year-old man was arrested when he was cutting plastic strings used to secure political placards hanging in Cheung Sha Wan.
Last November, legislators urged police to take the vandalising of political promotional posters seriously and consider the act a form of criminal intimidation.