5 MEN CONVICTED FOR ATTACKING HK PROTESTERS IN 2019
Five men who took part in a mob attack on Hong Kong democracy supporters two years ago were found guilty of rioting and wounding on Friday in the first convictions over an assault that sparked widespread outrage, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
The brazen attack took place in the train station of Yuen Long -- a town close to the rural border with mainland China -- during huge democracy rallies that were convulsing the finance hub.
Dozens of men dressed in white and wielding sticks pounced on protesters returning from a rally in the city, as well as reporters and ordinary commuters, sending some 50 people to the hospital.
Live broadcasts of the attack -- and the police's perceived failure to respond quickly enough -- was a turning point in the huge protests, further hammering public trust in the city's government.
On Friday, District Court Judge Eddie Yip convicted five attackers.
Yip said merchant Tang Wai-sum, driver Ng Wai-nam, rural leader Tang Ying-bun and electrician Choi Lap-ki were "principal offenders" in the attack.
A fifth defendant, electrician Wong Ying-kit, "encouraged the white-clad men to assault others."
A sixth defendant, transport worker Wong Chi-wing, was acquitted after Yip ruled he could not be clearly identified in the CCTV footage.
All five offenders, together with two other defendants who previously pleaded guilty, will be sentenced on July 22, one day after the second anniversary of the attack.