Masked men hurled Molotov cocktails at the home and offices of one of Hong Kong’s most outspoken pro-democracy activists in the early hours of Monday morning.

At least three explosive devices were reportedly thrown at the residence and business headquarters of media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a long-time critic of the Chinese Communist Party who owns the Next Media publishing empire.

The perpetrators of Monday’s attacks, which began at about 1.30am, have yet to be identified by police and their motivations remain unclear.

Mark Simon, a spokesperson for Next Media, said the incidents were part of “a continual effort to try to intimidate the press in Hong Kong.”

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