Hong Kong clashes erupt after protesters storm legislature | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Hong Kong clashes erupt after protesters storm legislature

Riot police fired tear gas, water cannon, and pepper spray after thousands of protesters surrounded the legislature and forced a delay in a debate over a controversial extradition bill.

What was a relatively peaceful demonstration erupted on Wednesday at about 3:30pm local time (07:00 GMT) as hundreds of protesters tried to storm the legislative council complex, prompting police to retaliate.

Black-shirted protesters wearing yellow helmets and goggles taunted police outside the complex as they descended on the streets in protest against the bill which, critics say, will undermine the city's civil freedoms in its "one country, two systems" political structure.

Front-line demonstrators in hard hats, their faces covered with masks, moved metal crowd control barriers, ignoring police warnings to stop. After several failed attempts, the crowd gained access to the grounds of the building and the police released more tear gas to push them back, describing the clashes as a "riot situation'.

Tags:

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA