Protesters have broken into the Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) and smashed through glass windows for the first time during these protests.
Reports from Hong Kong say that the protesters smashed through windows and currently trying hard to break security shutter to enter the main part of the building.
That’s partly because of the heavy metal shutters that block access to the building in many places. The protesters also know there is a heavy police presence inside.
Protesters said they were trying to make a statement but it seems their protests were falling on deaf ears as government was not working to address their demands.
“This is why we’re taking further action,” one of the protesters was quoted as saying.
The annual July 1 pro-democracy march is a fixture of the Hong Kong calendar but today’s has been far more heated than in previous years.
There are reports of parallel protests in Hong Kong including a tense stand-off outside the government headquarters and a peaceful march throughout the city.
the protesters are demanding greater democracy and the withdrawal of a controversial China extradition bill.
Before that march began, this morning protesters surrounded the Legislative Council (commonly referred to as LegCo) building — the Hong Kong government headquarters.
Young, masked protesters have been breaking windows with metal barriers, as riot police hold position inside the building. The protesters are still there and tensions are rising.
This is the latest in a series of mass protests by Hong Kong citizens in the past month, voicing their disapproval against the government of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.