11 found guilty of rioting during 2019 National Day protests in Hong Kong

Eleven people have been found guilty of rioting in Wong Tai Sin during anti-extradition bill protests in 2019.

Twelve defendants, who were aged between 16 and 24 at the time of the protests, were accused of participating in a riot on Lung Cheung Road on the city’s National Day public holiday. Eleven were found guilty by District Court Judge Edmond Lee on Friday, while one was acquitted. Two of the defendants were acquitted of one charge of possessing an offensive weapon, Ming Pao reported. The defendants pleaded not guilty last August.

Protest graffiti seen on October 1, 2019 in Mong Kok. File Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Protests erupted in June 2019 over a since-axed extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China. They escalated into sometimes violent displays of dissent against police behaviour, amid calls for democracy and anger over Beijing’s encroachment. Demonstrators demanded an independent probe into the police conduct, amnesty for those arrested and a halt to the characterisation of protests as “riots.” 

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