HONG KONG: Charges were read Wednesday against more than 20 Hong Kong protesters who have been accused of rioting, the most serious charge brought since mass demonstrations began in the city last month.
Standing in a heavy rain, supporters rallied outside the court and chanted “Reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” in what has become a familiar refrain.
They are protesting China’s influence in the city, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory with its own laws and legal system.
Police said late Tuesday that 44 people had been charged with rioting and one other with possessing offensive weapons.
The accused set up roadblocks, broke fences, damaged street signs and attacked police officers with bricks and iron rods, law enforcement said in a statement.