Two individuals convicted in connection to 2019 Yau Ma Tei riot, remanded until 23rd July for sentencing

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24th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) During the anti-extradition bill protests in November 2019, Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s campus was barricaded, leading to a series of clashes orchestrated by online activists in the vicinity of the university. This resulted in the arrest of 213 individuals. Among them, two individuals who denied their involvement in the riot were convicted today (24th) in district court. They have been remanded until 23rd July, awaiting the plea hearing.

The defendants, identified as 26-year-old designer Poon Hiu-tung and 38-year-old Nepalese construction worker Pun Dhan Bahadur, were charged with participating in the riot that took place approximately on 18th November, 2019, along Nathan Road between Waterloo Road and Hamilton Street. The prosecution alleged that on that day, demonstrators clashed with law enforcement officers, during which at least 251 petrol bombs were thrown, resulting in injuries to four officers on duty.