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The number of people charged over clashes in Mong Kok over the Lunar New Year continues to swell 10 days after the incident, as two more suspects were brought to court

on Friday.

Chung Chi-wah and Ho Ying-kit, the 44th and 45th defendants, were accused of taking part in a riot in Mong Kok with others between February 8, the first day of the Year of Monkey, and the following day, Kowloon City Court heard.

Chung, 29, a cleaner, and Ho, 22, a student, each faced one count of rioting and were not required to make a plea on Friday.

Prosecutor Andy Lo Tin-wai asked the court to impose an injunction on the defendants, barring them from parts of Mong Kok, including Nathan Road and Argyle Street, where the riot took place.

However, Ho, who lives in Mong Kok, was allowed to access parts of Nelson Street on his way to and from his home.

“Understand,” Ho said, when magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han asked if he understood the conditions.

Chung complained that police had threatened him while he was in their custody.

Ho and Chung were granted cash bail of HK$2,000 and ordered to reside at an address provided to court. Chung also had to report to Wong Tai Sin police station.

Heung adjourned the case to April 28 as requested by Lo, pending further police investigation and legal advice.

Outside court, Lo said Chung was arrested on the street later in the night by a police officer who allegedly saw him take part in a cordon line on the night of the riot.

The number of people charged over the clashes now amounts to 45, with 44 facing one count of riot. The other defendant is charged with one count of taking part in an unlawful assembly.

The 43 defendants brought to court earlier, mostly in their 20s and unemployed, will appear again in the same court on April 7.

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