Hundreds of protesters have forcefully made their way to the central chamber of Hong Kong’s parliament, destroying pictures and spray-painting messages on the walls over a controversial extradition law.
Earlier in the day, dozens of demonstrators broke through the glass of the Legislative Council (LegCo) building.
“Some radical protesters stormed the Legislative Council Complex with extreme violence,” a government spokesman said in a statement. “These protesters seriously jeopardized the safety of police officers and members of the public. Such violent acts are unacceptable to society.”
Some of the protesters sat at legislators’ desks, while others scrawled “anti-extradition” on chamber walls. Other graffiti called for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to step down, while pictures of some lawmakers were defaced.
The Legislative Council Secretariat released a statement cancelling business for Tuesday. The central government offices said they would close on Tuesday “owing to security consideration”, while all guided tours to the Legislative Council complex were suspended until further notice.
The government has called for an immediate end to the violence, saying it suspended all work on extradition bill amendments and that the legislation would automatically lapse in July next year.
The European Union has also called for restraint and dialogue to find a way forward.