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Protesters attempt to storm Hong Kong's legislature

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Published on July 1, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Protesters attempt to storm Hong Kong's legislature

Protesters in Hong Kong are trying to break into the city's legislative building, smashing windows on the anniversary of the handover to Chinese rule.

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Protesters attempt to storm Hong Kong's legislature

Protesters tried to storm Hong Kong's legislature on the anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule on Monday (July 1), using a metal trolley and poles to smash windows amid anger over planned legislation that would allow extraditions to China.

More than 100 riot police raced towards protesters, beating some with batons as they fell to the ground, and used pepper spray to try to disperse crowds gathered near where officials were preparing a ceremony to mark the 1997 handover.

More than a million people have taken to the streets at times over the past three weeks to vent their anger and frustration at Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam, posing the greatest challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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