Hong Kong triads: A long history and mixed repute

A mob of men in white armed with sticks and batons, suspected to be triad gangsters, beat up commuters and passers-by in a metro station in the northern district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019.
A mob of men in white armed with sticks and batons, suspected to be triad gangsters, beat up commuters and passers-by in a metro station in the northern district of Yuen Long in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG • The issue of triads has resurfaced following an incident on July 21 in which a mob of men armed with sticks and batons beat up commuters and passers-by in a metro station in the northern district of Yuen Long.

Police have since arrested 12 people, a number of them with links to organised crime gangs. They are believed to have a stronghold in the New Territories, a large, mostly rural area in northern Hong Kong that borders mainland China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Triads: A long history and mixed repute'. Print Edition | Subscribe