The mob indiscriminately beat rail passengers and demonstrators, injuring at least 45 people [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Hong Kong – A mob of thugs dressed in white shirts wielding sticks and metal rods stormed into a Hong Kong subway station and indiscriminately beat passengers and black-clad protesters.

The unprecedented attack on Sunday night follows seven weeks of mass demonstrations that have stoked fears the Chinese territory is spiralling out of control.

While police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters on Hong Kong Island, suspected triad gangsters descended on a subway station in a northwest territory closer to mainland China, apparently targeting participants from the protests and sending passengers screaming into cars and hallways.

At least 45 people were injured, including a pro-democracy legislator and journalists. By Monday

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