In Hong Kong, riot police used tear gas to forcibly remove hundreds of protesters occupying a Legislature building early Tuesday morning. The activists began their occupation on Monday when they stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and smashed the glass to gain entry, tearing down portraits of officials and spray-painting the walls. The action took place as hundreds of thousands flooded the streets Monday to mark the anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese control 22 years ago. It’s the latest in massive civil unrest that started last month when millions took to the streets to protest a bill that would allow the extradition of Hong Kong residents and visitors to mainland China. The vice chair of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Labour Party, Fernando Cheung, said the protests would continue until the government completely withdraws the extradition bill.
Fernando Cheung: “I think this is going to go on for a real long time if the government does not withdraw the bill completely and does not express or have any actual plan to rebuild the communication between the people and its regime. … Hong Kong is still in unrest. We are very much not satisfied with the government not allowing a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, and also a real urge from all sides to establish an independent inquiry to the whole fiasco.”
We’ll have more on Hong Kong after headlines.