Hong Kong court convicts 11 people for rioting at 2019 anti-mask demo

A Hong Kong court has convicted 11 people of rioting in Wan Chai a day after the controversial anti-mask law was enacted in October 2019. The judge said the group was present at the protest scene to “strengthen the momentum of the rioting crowd.”

Hong Kong protesters defy the anti-mask law on October 6, 2019. Photo: May James / HKFP.

District Judge Josiah Lam on Saturday found the 11 defendants – aged 18 to 32 – guilty of rioting on October 6, 2019, when masked demonstrators defied a new emergency law that banned face coverings at protests and clashed with the police violently across the city.

The defendants who had denied the rioting charge were among a group of people arrested by the police near Wan Chai’s Hennessy Road. Protesters in the area were said to have hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police officers, set fire to debris, as well as damaged the road surface with a road breaker truck.

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