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38 suspected rioters charged

February 11, 2016

Police have charged 38 people in connection with a riot that took place in Mong Kok on February 9.


The 38 suspected rioters include 35 men and three women aged 15 to 70.


Thirty-seven defendants appeared at Kowloon City Magistracy today. Of these, 36 faced one count each of rioting and a woman faced a charge of unlawful assembly.


The case has been adjourned to April 7 and the 37 defendants were released on bail.


Another defendant, a 15-year-old is due to appear in juvenile court tomorrow.


On the evening of February 8, Police officers were assigned to Portland Street to assist Food & Environmental Hygiene Department staff who were being obstructed from carrying out anti-illegal hawking duties.


About 200 people had gathered on a carriageway, endangering public safety. They refused to heed the officers' advice to get back on the pavement.


The ensuing confrontation escalated into a serious disturbance, then a riot, which was brought under control on the morning of February 9. Nearly 90 Police officers were injured.


The 38 suspects are among 64 people netted by the Police so far in connection with the incident.


Of the remaining 26 arrestees, 16 were granted Police bail, while 10 are being detained for further enquiries.