BREAKING: Hong Kong protesters occupy legislative chamber, after smashing windows, vandalising corridors

Hong Kong anti-government protesters have stormed the city’s legislature after breaking glass doors and prying open gates at the rear.

Anti-extradition law demonstrators had been ramming doors and windows around the complex since Monday afternoon, despite warnings from police in riot gear that they may face arrest.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Officers appeared to retreat deeper into the building after protesters entered, smashing through a metal shutter.

Protesters inside the legislature spray painted the walls with graffiti, reading “[Chief Executive] Carrie Lam step down,” “the government forced us to revolt” and “Oppose Chinese colonialism,” among other slogans.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

An unidentified liquid was thrown onto walls as barricades were carried into the complex by protesters.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Pictures of Legislative Council President Andrew Leung and former president Rita Fan were defaced.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Portraits of Andrew Wong and John Swaine – two presidents who served before the 1997 Handover remained untouched, as did a picture of Jasper Tsang, who was president between 2008 and 2016.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Protesters eventually entered the main chamber of the building where the Hong Kong emblem was spray-painted black.

July 1 china extradition protest

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Meanwhile, huge crowds continue to swarm nearby Harcourt Road and Tim Mei Avenue, which remains occupied by thousands of demonstrators. Many, clad in black and white, joined after attending the annual July 1 pro-democracy rally.

July 1 china extradition protest

Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

More to follow. 


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