- Title: Dozens of pro-democracy protesters face rioting charges in Hong Kong court
- Date: 25th September 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE, HOLDING UMBRELLAS AND WEARING MASKS, WALKING INTO COURT BUILDING OFFICIALS STANDING AT THE ENTRANCE OF COURT BUILDING CROWD OF PEOPLE, WEARING MASKS AND HOLDING UMBRELLAS, WALKING INSIDE COURT COMPOUND PEOPLE STANDING AT COURT ENTRANCE/PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN RUNNING AND FILMING ONE OF THE 44 SUSPECTS FACING CHARGE, TONG WAIHUNG, WALKING WITH HIS WIFE (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) ONE OF THE 44 SUSPECTS FACING CHARGE, TONG WAIHUNG, SAYING: "I don't think withdrawal of curfew and given the rights to leave the country means the justice is served, because this is our right - the freedom we are supposed to enjoy." VARIOUS OF TWO SUPPORTERS STANDING NEAR THE COURT MORE OF PEOPLE WEARING MASKS AND WALKING AROUND COURT BUILDING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WEARING MASKS SITTING IN TAXI PEOPLE WEARING MASKS LEAVING TAXI WOMEN SECURITY GUARD LOOKING ON PEOPLE WEARING MASKS WALKING INTO COURT BUILDING
- Embargoed: 9th October 2019 12:01
- Keywords: Hong Kong court protesters adjourned bail protests extradition law
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001AY5LU13
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of Hong Kong anti-government protesters appeared in court on Wednesday (September 25), charged with rioting and other offenses over violent clashes two months ago near China's main representative office.
The court adjourned the case until November 19 after prosecutors said they needed more time to study 35 hours of video, including police, online and CCTV footage. The 44 defendants were to be released on bail, lawyers said.
Police clashed with thousands of protesters in the former British colony on July 28 as they sought to defend the Hong Kong Liaison Office, a symbol of Chinese rule, from the crowds. Officers fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sponge grenades.
The protesters are furious at what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula intended to guarantee freedoms that are not enjoyed on the mainland.
China says it is committed to the arrangement and denies meddling. It has accused foreign governments, including the United States and Britain, of inciting the unrest.
(Production: Vorasit Satienlerk, Angie Teo)
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