In protest of the China extradition bill, hundreds stormed the Legislative Council in Hong Kong and took over government headquarters.
Several hundred activists were inside the Legislative Council building for hours before being pushed out by riot cops firing tear gas and wielding batons.
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong on the anniversary of Hong Kong being transferred from the British to the Chinese government. July 1 has become an annual day of pro-democracy activism.
Protesters have five demands. They want the withdrawal of the extradition bill, investigations into police brutality, a retraction of protests being described as riots, all arrested protesters to be released, and Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam to step down.
Scores of demonstrators have been injured by police, reports say.
A group of protesters broke away from the main march and stormed the government building. Inside, they raised banners that read: “There is no way left,” and “There’s no rioters, there’s only tyranny.”
The protests began when the Hong Kong government introduced a bill allowing people to be extradited to face the Chinese judicial system. Critics worry the Chinese government will use the law to prosecute people for political reasons and it will erode freedom in Hong Kong.
Photo: “16 June 2019 antiextradition 215” by Etan Liam is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0