Three convicted of rioting over Mong Kok unrest

Date: 2017-July-19Writer: China DailyShare:

HONG KONG’S District Court on Monday found three more people guilty of rioting during the Mong Kok unrest that erupted on the Chinese New Year day last year.

The three – Chris Yung Tsz-hin, 18, Law Ho-yin, 20 and Lin Yun-faat, 26 – were the second group of suspects convicted of rioting in relation to the violent unrest. They were remanded in custody pending sentencing.

Passing down his verdict, judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che said the scene at the riot was “rather shocking” as over 100 people, some with masks on, threw bricks and hurled bamboo sticks. Yiu described such behavior as “threatening” and “provocative,” which without doubt sabotaged social stability.

The court will hear mitigation submissions Aug. 7 before passing down sentences on the trio.

The riot, which hit the popular Hong Kong tourist spot of Mong Kok hours after the Lunar New Year festivities began, saw protesters throw bricks and set fire to public facilities, leaving around 100 police officers and at least four reporters injured.

The police have so far arrested 90 people – 79 men and 11 women – in connection with the riot. They face charges ranging from rioting to arson and illegal assembly to assaulting and resisting police officers. Up to date, nine have been convicted.


Editor:Lily A