First Mong Kok riot defendant appears in court

First Mong Kok riot defendant appears in court

Clerk Ho Siu-cheung, 21, is granted bail, but is barred from entering the areas of Mong Kok where violence erupted on Monday night

The first of 37 defendants charged over a Mong Kok riot appeared before a judge at Kowloon City Court yesterday. He was granted bail, and barred from going into parts of Mong Kok.

Prosecutor David Leung Cheuk-yin asked the court to impose the injunction on clerk Ho Siu-cheung on the grounds of public safety. Ho has been barred from setting foot in an area near Fa Yuen Street, Dundas Street and Shanghai Street.

Ho, 21, is accused of joining in the riot in Mong Kok between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Leung asked for the case to be adjourned to April 7, "for further police enquiries and legal advice".

In court, some defendants said police had used excessive force during arrests.

After the hearing, defendants were escorted away by groups of their supporters, some in hoods and wearing masks.

The case attracted a lot of attention from the public, with the court becoming packed just minutes after it opened its doors yesterday morning.

Among the crowd were activists including Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung, University of Hong Kong student union president Billy Fung Jing-en, and the founder of now-defunct group Student Front, Alvin Cheng Kam-mun.

The riot began on Monday as activists from the group Hong Kong Indigenous faced police and hygiene officers to "protect" illegal hawkers in Mong Kok. Masked rioters threw bricks at police, who used batons and pepper spray and fired warning shots.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
First riot defendant appears in court

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