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Protesters occupy HK legislatur­e building


Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong’s legislatur­e Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting prodemocra­cy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surroundin­g streets with tear gas and then moved inside. The three-hour occupation, which ended early yesterday, came on the 22nd anniversar­y of the former British colony’s return to China, a city holiday, and reflected mounting frustratio­n with Hong Kong’s leader. The protests were sparked by a government attempt to change extraditio­n laws to allow suspects to be sent to China for trial. Police initially retreated as the protesters entered, avoiding a confrontat­ion and giving them the run of the building. They then moved in to clear the building.

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