Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

6 found guilty of rioting in Hong Kong over 2019 PolyU campus violence

6 found guilty of rioting in Hong Kong over 2019 PolyU campus violence

District Court judge remands five men and a woman, aged between 18 and 23, in custody until December 10 for sentencing.

Six protesters have been convicted of rioting in the first trial related to violent clashes on the Polytechnic University campus during the height of the 2019 social unrest in Hong Kong.

Deputy District Judge Colin Wong Sze-cheung on Saturday remanded the five men and a woman, aged between 18 and 23, in custody until December 10 for sentencing after finding them guilty.

Polytechnic University in Hung Hom was the scene of a fierce stand-off between hundreds of protesters and police, who cordoned off the campus, in mid-November 2019 as violent anti-government demonstrations rocked the city.

The six defendants, including three students, were among 17 protesters suspected of breaking out from the campus to hide at the nearby Hong Kong Science Museum on the morning of November 18.


Police arrested hundreds of protesters during the PolyU battle.

The District Court judge said he was convinced the 17 had joined a series of illegal assemblies that took place across the university that day, during which police had already set up cordons at various points around the campus, including the entrances, and blocked traffic.

The six had pleaded not guilty to the rioting charge, with their defence counsel arguing there had been no riot when the group left the campus for the museum.

But Wong was not convinced by the argument, saying supplies including food, clothing and petrol bombs were an indicator of demonstrators staying on the campus for an extended time.

“Whether it was on news media or social media, what happened at Polytechnic University had been widely reported,” the judge said.

“There was no reason not to know there were so many demonstrators gathered in Polytechnic University at the time carrying out violent and illegal acts. Those who still chose to go to Polytechnic University must have known the general situation on the campus.”

Citing video clips shown in court, Wong said the defendants were being led and guided as they made their way to the science museum, which made him believe they were “attempting to leave the campus in an organised manner across the police cordon lines”.

The defendants will be sentenced on December 10.


He also noted that the six changed their clothes and unloaded their equipment after arriving at the science museum, which he said was proof that they were trying to hide their identities.

It was also “the only irresistible inference” that the defendants had known about the riot on the campus, and they went and stayed there to strengthen the momentum of the rioting crowd and encourage others to continue the act.

The six defendants were detained after they were arrested at the museum and accused of rioting on February 19 last year, which made them the first batch of arrestees prosecuted for the 12-day protest on the PolyU campus.

Police figures show that as of August 31 this year, 1,393 people had been arrested during the campus siege, including 810 as they were leaving the university.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
0:00
0:00
Close
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.
×