Hong Kong: Protesters storm and damage parliament during handover anniversary

“Protest broke in parliament and ask Hong Kong Leader to step down”

Protesters have forced their way into the central chamber of Hong Kong’s parliament after an hours-long siege. 

Many demonstrators broke through the glass of the Legislative Council (LegCo) assembling prior in the day.

Hundred of hongkong protest then smashing their way in as the crisis that has gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for weeks rapidly intensified.

After hours inside the complex, destroying furniture and spray-painting graffiti, hundreds of riot police then surrounded the building and fired tear gas at protesters outside.

At midnight, (16:00 GMT) many police charged towards the building in the wake of caution nonconformists to clear it.

Why are people in Hong Kong protest?

Hong Kong protests began last month over the controversial extradition bill but have since swelled into a wider expression of discontent with the government.

Demonstrators are calling for the following:

  • Complete withdrawal of the extradition bill
  • Resignation of Beijing-backed Chief Executive Carrie Lam
  • Release of arrested protesters
  • Investigation into alleged police brutality against protesters
  • Retraction of characterisation of protests as riots

Earlier on Monday evening, police cautioned that nonconformists should clear the building or face “proper power”.

A large number of the demonstrators had left the building by then, a few are still stayed in the central chamber.

In a press conference, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam say that the scenes of vandalism as “heartbreaking and violent”.

“This is something we should seriously condemn because nothing is more important than the rule of law in Hong Kong,” she said, with the city’s police chief Stephen Lo by her side.

Mr Lo added: “Protesters’ violent acts have far exceeded the bottom line of peaceful expressions of demands.”

Protests have raged in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, which would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

On June 9, more than a million people marched against the bill, which they fear will allow China to encroach on rights in the territory.

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