6 defendants involved in PolyU riot in 2019 found guilty, sentenced to prison terms ranging from 43 to 51 months


6th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) During the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests, the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was barricaded, prompting some individuals to take action and demonstrate in the vicinity. As a result, 213 people were arrested. Among them, 15 individuals were charged with rioting. Nine of them had previously pleaded guilty, while the remaining six denied the charges. After a trial, all six were found guilty and have now been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 43 to 51 months.

The six defendants, aged 22 to 30, had pleaded not guilty to charges related to their alleged participation in the rioting incident that took place near the intersection of Nathan Road and Waterloo Road in Yau Ma Tei on 18th November.

According to the prosecution’s case, on that day, the protesters gathered at the scene, forming a barricade with umbrellas as they confronted law enforcement officers. They also threw projectiles at the police, including at least 251 petrol bombs. Most of the demonstrators were dressed in all-black attire and wore protective goggles and helmets. The police responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowd before moving in for arrests. The defendants were apprehended on the spot.