Combative protesters managed to smash their way into the Hong Kong legislature building on Monday (July 1) night, seizing the seat of Beijing’s power over the city, as tens of thousands marched separately on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China.
A relatively small group of people rammed metal objects into the windows on the ground floor of the legislature building for hours, eventually breaking through two security perimeters and taking over the building. They propped doors and gates to the building open with any metal objects they could find, and used umbrellas to try to block the view of police inside the building.
As the protesters took over the building, spray painting anti-China slogans on the walls and raising Hong Kong’s colonial era flag, Beijing announced that the Hong Kong government would be closed on Tuesday, “owing to security consideration.” Protesters break into the Legislative Council building during the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in Hong Kong
Police earlier shot pepper spray through a hole in the door of the building made by the protesters, which drove them back for a while. But hours later angry demonstrators swarmed into the legislature after prying open metal security curtains. Police appeared to back off as the protesters came in, apparently to avoid a confrontation.
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