Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

1 arrested in Hong Kong legislature break

1 arrested in Hong Kong legislature break

Protesters overturn a barricade as they attempt to storm into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.

Protesters are also calling for officials responsible for the handling of the extradition amendments and protests to step down, for the government to drop charges against all protesters, and for an independent inquiry into, and an apology for, police violence.

Geng finally stressed that no foreign government, organization or individual can in any way interfere in the Hong Kong issues and predicted the failure of any attempt made for that objective.

They repeatedly rammed a cargo cart and large poles into the glass while police with riot shields lined up inside to prevent anyone from entering. "They were very emotional - it felt really risky", said an anti-extradition protester who gave his name as Jim.

Hunt had said that Hong Kong authorities should not use an outbreak of vandalism in the legislative chambers by protesters Monday night as a "pretext for repression".

The unexpected disruption stalled the start of the march Monday.

Police asked the marchers to change their route or cancel the march.

After previous mass protests in Hong Kong, the mainland government staged tactical retreats. The proposal has increased fears of eroding freedoms in the territory that was returned to China in 1997.

Several hundred demonstrators sat or napped Monday in the shade of a covered outdoor plaza that has becoming their gathering point.

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It is the second day in a row that China has slammed Hunt for remarks he has made regarding the unprecedented anti-Beijing protests that have rocked Hong Kong in recent weeks. The two marches in June drew more than a million people, according to organizer estimates.

"Out of blind arrogance and rage, protesters showed a complete disregard for law and order", said an editorial in the Global Times, one of the most widely-read publications. "If Carrie Lam continues to be our chief executive, we only see real darkness ahead", said a 60-year-old housewife surnamed Lau, who holds a foreign passport.

Pro-democracy politicians and the protest organiser said Ms Lam has ignored the demands of the people and pushed youngsters towards desperation, despite pledging to listen to people's demands.

Lam, the pro-democracy lawmaker, said the protesters felt hopeless and powerless and wanted to make noise to show the government and the outside world that they would not give up: "That was their choice, even if I don't agree with them, even if they understand the tactic may not work, they still wanted to try to show their anger and frustration to the government and the worldwide community".

Lam has come under criticism for pushing legislation that many saw as eroding Hong Kong's freedoms as a semi-autonomous territory of China.

As the Legislative Council seeks to fix the damage caused to its premises by a group of radical anti-extradition bill protesters, lawmakers from the pro-establishment camp have taken aim at their opposition counterparts, saying the pan-democratic camp needs to shoulder some responsibility for the unfortunate events that took place on Monday. Steve Vickers, a former head of criminal intelligence for the Royal Hong Kong Police, predicted a severe government crackdown that will result in long jail terms.

The protesters in Hong Kong are demanding direct election of the city's leader. The government cited inclement weather after light rain earlier in the morning.

Some analysts argue that the protesters risky gambit on Monday, despite it ending with relatively little confrontation and no injury, will hurt their chance at winning more autonomy for Hong Kong - and instead convince Beijing that Hong Kong must have even less space to operate.

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