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Live: Hong Kong protesters clash with police over China extradition bill – CNN

Live: Hong Kong protesters clash with police over China extradition bill – CNN

Protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019. Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty ImagesHong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers are attempting to calm down protesters outside the Legislative Council building, the center of the city’s government.Angry demonstrators had been trying to bash in the glass doors of the building using metal poles and a trolley as a battering ram.Politicians who support the protest including Democratic Party lawmakers Lam Cheuk-ting, Hui Chi-fung, Roy Kwong Chun-yu and HK First’s Claudia Mo have been attempting to discourage the crowd from taking violent actions.Inside the Legislative Council building, which protesters are trying to storm, police have held up a red flag, meaning: Stop charging or we use force.The police have a color-coded system of warning flags:Yellow: Police cordon, do not crossRed: Stop charging or we use forceBlack: Warning — tear gasOrange: Disperse or we fire Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPolice officers inside the Legislative Council have put up a red banner that reads, “Stop charging or we use force.”On the other side of the glass window, protesters are trying to break in. They have rammed the walls and windows with steel rods and carts — and have succeeded in cracking the thick glass.At a police press conference around 2 p.m., Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-Cheung announced that authorities had asked the organizers of the July 1 pro-democracy march to postpone.It followed a morning of clashes between protesters and riot police, hours before the annual demonstration was even due to begin at 3 p.m. A small group of protesters has even attempted to break into the Hong Kong Legislative Council by using a metal trolley as a battering ram.In response to the unexpected violence, police said they had suggested the march organizers to either postpone the protest or change the route.According to Kong, the protest organizers refused. Hundreds of thousands are expected to take the streets later Monday, in what organizers hope will be the largest protest against the extradition bill since June’s record-breaking turnout. Protesters are trying to break into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, but the walls and windows are holding firm.The thick, reinforced glass windows are cracked from when protesters rammed them with metal carts and rods, but they have yet to give way.There are unconfirmed reports that additional police units armed with riot gear are heading to intercept the protesters.Protesters trying to break into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuRiot police are firing pepper spray at protesters who are attempting to break into the Hong Kong Legislative Council building, the center of the city’s government.Several hundred, mainly young, masked protesters are leading the charge, in what marks the most significant escalation since June 12, when as many as 5,000 riot police fired rubber bullets during violent clashes with protesters. Protesters are still using a metal cart to ram their way into the building, but the glass door is holding for the moment.There are reports on protesters’ Telegram groups of police armed with riot gear, including bean bag guns and rubber bullets, heading to intercept the protesters.Protesters trying to break into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone SiuA number of the anti-extradition bill protesters waiting outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building are attempting to force their way inside.Images from the scene show demonstrators using a metal cart as a battering ram in an attempt to smash through the front entrance.Images show riot police rushing to the scene in a bid to prevent the protestors from entering. According to reporters on the scene, Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators Claudia Mo and Lam Cheuk Ting had been trying to discourage the protesters from storming the government building.But angry demonstrators appear to have ignored their advice.Watch the moment here:
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