Hong Kong Protesters Face Rioting Charges in Court Trial
Dozens of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong appeared in court on Wednesday, September 25, charged with rioting and other offenses over violent clashes two months ago near the Hong Kong Liaison Office, 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.
The protesters are furious at what they see as creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong, which was returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula intended to guarantee freedoms that are not enjoyed on the mainland.
U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States is “carefully monitoring” the situation in Hong Kong, where tensions are high ahead of Beijing’s planned ceremonies marking 70 years of Communist Party rule next week.
Trump told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, “the world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty made with the British and registered with the United Nations in which China commits to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life.”