Over 200 Charged with Rioting in Attempt to Rescue Demonstrators Trapped in PolyU

On Monday night, over 200 demonstrators were arrested by the police on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in an attempt to ‘rescue’ the defending demonstrators in PolyU, besieged by the Hong Kong Police. Molotov cocktails were thrown, and a long standoff was held between demonstrators and the police.

It was the second day of the ‘Siege of PolyU.’ Civilians attempted to surround the police formation outside PolyU by circling Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, and Ho Man Tin. Reports claimed that police arrested 213 protesters in Pitt Street after an alleged stampede incident that occurred at around 3 AM, caused by the police running a bus into a crowd of demonstrators. The police swiftly denied this at the press conference despite video evidence of the incident.

The 200 arrested and charged with rioting would be the single most incident with the highest number of demonstrators prosecuted since the movement began. The hearing will begin on 20/11 in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts.

Source: https://thestandnews.com/politics/上街-營救-理大示威者-逾-200-人被控暴動-西九裁判法院提堂/

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