Hong Kong protesters storm government building

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Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets in Hong Kong on the anniversary of the city’s handover from UK to Chinese rule in 1997.

The protesters stormed and destroyed part of the government’s Legislative Council (LegCo) building, ramming a metal cart through the glass doors.

The LegCo building was put on red alert for the first ever time on Monday – meaning people should evacuate the building and area.

This is the latest in a series of protests against a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent to the mainland China for trial.

In earlier protests, the police responded by using pepper spray on the protesters.

The government postponed debate on the legislation, but protest leaders still want the bill formally withdrawn and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s to step down.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been part of China since 1997 under a “one country, two systems” deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy.

 




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