Two 14-year-old teens arrested on 18 November was charged with rioting for holding an umbrella at the scene
A large number of citizens gathered in Yau Tsim Mong areas last November in an attempt to rescue the protestors trapped inside the campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. More than 200 of them were charged with rioting. A 14-year-old girl was accused of holding an umbrella at the scene in that afternoon to shield other protestors who were setting up roadblocks. She was arrested on the spot with another 14-year-old boy. Both were then charged with rioting. The case was heard again in the Juvenile Court in Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today. Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung postponed the committal preceedings until 17 March, so that the defence could have time to read the documents. The two defendants were allowed to bail.
However, the media was not allowed to sit in. The two 14-year-old teenagers faced the charge of rioting, which accused them of participating in the riot together with other unknown persons at Gascoigne Road in Kowloon on 18 November last year. It is reported that the girl was filmed holding an umbrella at the scene to help other demonstrators set up roadblocks and charge the police.