Hong Kong activists face riot charges after holiday protest

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Several dozen people have appeared in a Hong Kong court to face rioting charges following a violent clash earlier this week between protesters and police over a clampdown on holiday street food vendors.

Hong Kong police and local media reports said 37 people were attending court in Kowloon on Thursday, each facing one count of taking part in a riot.

Defendants were being given bail and their cases adjourned until April, the reports said.

Police arrested a total of 64 people after the bloody street battle, which erupted late Monday in densely populated Mong Kok and lasted until dawn Tuesday.

Activists were angered by authorities' attempts to crack down on food hawkers selling fishballs and other local delicacies for the Lunar New Year holiday.