Hong Kong triads in the spotlight after Yuen Long attack: Who are they?

Protesters giving out pamphlets to passengers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport on July 26, 2019.
Protesters giving out pamphlets to passengers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport on July 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

The issue of Hong Kong's triads has recently resurfaced following an incident last Sunday 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 over the attack, a number with links to organised crime gangs. Here's a look at who these triads are.

Triads have a long history - and mixed repute - in Hong Kong and China.

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