Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong said he and his girlfriend sustained injuries after being attacked on the street by an unidentified man early on Monday morning, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
The Scholarism leader said over social media that he and his girlfriend Tiffany Chin, who also belongs to the group, were walking to Mong Kok MTR station after watching a movie when the assault occurred.
"At about 12.02am, I and Chin saw a couple in their 20s at Elm Street, Tai Kok Tsui. When the pair walked past us (with a distance of less than 2m), the man suddenly came (close). He grabbed my neck, and punched in my left eye. My glasses flew off," Wong posted on Facebook.
He also posted a photo that showed injuries to his nose bridge, cheek and eyebrow.
He said his girlfriend had tried to take a video of the assailant, but she was pushed to the ground, and suffered leg injuries.
The attacker and the woman who has with him then fled, running off in separate directions.
“Being attacked on the way home after going on a date, and even attacking my girlfriend, it’s shameful,” he said.
“(The assault) implies activists are facing the danger of attacks in their daily lives, not only during protests. This is what sends a chill to my heart,” Wong wrote on Facebook.
“It’s not only a problem with universal suffrage – it’s about the limited freedom and legal system slowly being obliterated by these violent acts.
“The road ahead is long and tough, but we should retain our goal and keep walking on this bumpy road of democracy.”
The couple were treated at Kwong Wah Hospital, reported the SCMP.
A police spokesman was quoted by the SCMP as saying that they got a call from Wong at 12.03am over the incident.
No arrests have been made, the SCMP added.
The police confirmed that Wong had “suddenly been attacked” by a man in his 20s. “The suspect tried to flee but the two victims followed, and when the female tried to take pictures of the suspect he then attacked the male and female victims,” the police spokesman told Agence France-Presse.