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Hong Kong protests LIVE: Legislative Council badly damaged; police issues fresh warning

Hong Kong protests LIVE: Legislative Council badly damaged; police issues fresh warning
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Widespread protests have choked Hong Kong on handover anniversary and the government has suspended the flag-lowering ceremony. There are reports that an "Anti-ELAB" flag, the logo of protests against the controversial bill, is flying above the Hong Kong flag at Kinshi-yi Square.

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters have smashed up the legislature in a direct challenge to China.

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Hong Kong protests LIVE: Legislative Council badly damaged; police issues fresh warning - Clear parliament or expect 'appropriate force', Hong Kong police warn protesters

China | Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 01-07-2019 21:16 IST Created: 01-07-2019 10:27 IST

9:16 PM Hong Kong police has reportedly warned protesters and has asked them to clear the Legislative Council or expect "appropriate force." But protesters are still present at the scene, while some are preparing to leave, others are adamant on staying.Some protesters are also present on roads and have put up barricades to block police, that is not currently present on the scene.

8:31 PM The European Union on Monday called for restraint and dialogue to find a way forward as hundreds of Hong Kong protesters smashed up the legislature in a direct challenge to China."In the wake of these latest incidents, it is all the more important to exercise restraint, avoiding escalatory responses, and to engage in dialogue and consultation to find a way forward," a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement."The actions today of a small number of people, who attempted to force their way into the Legislative Council premises, are not representative of the vast majority of demonstrators, who have been peaceful throughout successive protests."

8:16 PM The Legislative Council Secretariat has announced that all guided tours and services to the public in the LegCo Complex, including the service of the Public Complaints Office and visits to the LegCo Library, Archives and Children's Corner, have been suspended until further notice.

7:43 PM Hong Kong government has announced that Tamar Central Government Offices (CGO) will be temporarily closed on July 2 after protesters stormed into the Legislative Council.

7:28 PM Protesters have sprayed graffiti on walls on the chamber, damage to the furniture is also visible in the visuals being shared by local media.

7:10 PM Protesters have entered the chamber of Legislative council and visuals being shared by local media shows some of them standing on the tables, security forces are not visible at the scene.

6:32 PM Protesters have broken into the Legislative Council after breaking the last metal shutter, according to the visuals being shared by live streams of local media. The impact of break-in was such that many journalists had to stop the live streams almost simultaneously.

6:22 PM Unusual smoke was sighted near the last metal shutter of Legislative Council as protesters partially broke the shutter, it was unclear what caused the smoke but security forces have asked journalists to move backwards.The protesters are not yet able to move further into the Legislative Council as the shutter is only partially broken.

5:41 PM Protesters are now trying to break the last metal shutter that will open their way to the Legislative Council but the security forces are waiting in full gear behind the shutter.Protesters are using heavy objects like stairs to break the shutter, according to visuals being shared by local media.

5:34 PM International media is reporting that "chaos" has descended in Hong Kong as protesters have stormed the Legislative Council with no signs of withdrawal as the night falls in. A group of mostly students wearing hard hats and masks used a metal trolley, poles and pieces of scaffolding to charge again and again at the compound's reinforced glass, which finally gave.

5:09 PM Hong Kong security forces are prepared and wearing "full gear" inside Legislative Council as protesters try to break in. According to visuals being shared by live streams of local media, protesters can be seen wearing hard hats and trying to break into the Legislative Council while cameras on the inside of council show security forces waiting for them in full gear.

4:43 PM A video showing the reaction of a protester after police confrontation about legal implications of trying to charge into Legislative Council. The protesters in the video says "We are ready for it" after the police officer they could face a decade in jail.“We are prepared for it. Three people already died for it.” just to show how desperate they are under the current situation... https://t.co/Poh7LJTw5jpic.twitter.com/tcAh2DonaN — Kris Cheng (@krislc) July 1, 2019

4:13 PM Protesters are now removing the metal bars installed around Legislative Council of Hong Kong, according to images and videos being shared on Twitter.[1818 HKT] Protestors are removing metal sticks from the gate of LegCo Protest Area #antiELABpic.twitter.com/pTKga3xQjl — antiELAB (@anti_elab) July 1, 2019Protesters dismantling the bars around legco #hongkongprotests#freedomhk#antiELABpic.twitter.com/dkSxc8Sv7z — Rosalind Adams (@RosalindZAdams) July 1, 2019

4:06 PM Thousands of people can be seen protesting near the key building in the city, according to pictures and videos being shared by journalists and people of Hong Kong.And on the other side... #antiELABpic.twitter.com/JWd742GzqS — Rachel Blundy (@rachelblundy) July 1, 2019Protesters dismantling the bars around legco #hongkongprotests#freedomhk#antiELABpic.twitter.com/dkSxc8Sv7z — Rosalind Adams (@RosalindZAdams) July 1, 2019[1818 HKT] Protestors are removing metal sticks from the gate of LegCo Protest Area #antiELABpic.twitter.com/pTKga3xQjl — antiELAB (@anti_elab) July 1, 2019

Hong Kong police has reportedly warned protesters and has asked them to clear the Legislative Council or expect "appropriate force." But protesters are still present at the scene, while some are preparing to leave, others are adamant on staying.

Some protesters are also present on roads and have put up barricades to block police, that is not currently present on the scene.

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EU calls for restraint, dialogue amid Hong Kong protests

The European Union on Monday called for restraint and dialogue to find a way forward as hundreds of Hong Kong protesters smashed up the legislature in a direct challenge to China.

"In the wake of these latest incidents, it is all the more important to exercise restraint, avoiding escalatory responses, and to engage in dialogue and consultation to find a way forward," a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

"The actions today of a small number of people, who attempted to force their way into the Legislative Council premises, are not representative of the vast majority of demonstrators, who have been peaceful throughout successive protests."

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Services at LegCo Complex suspended: Hong Kong govt

The Legislative Council Secretariat has announced that all guided tours and services to the public in the LegCo Complex, including the service of the Public Complaints Office and visits to the LegCo Library, Archives and Children's Corner, have been suspended until further notice.

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Government has issued a press releasing saying that CGO will remain temporarily closed

Hong Kong government has announced that Tamar Central Government Offices (CGO) will be temporarily closed on July 2 after protesters stormed into the Legislative Council.

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Protesters spray graffiti on walls of chamber

Protesters have sprayed graffiti on walls on the chamber, damage to the furniture is also visible in the visuals being shared by local media.

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Protesters storm into chamber of Legislative Council

Protesters have entered the chamber of Legislative council and visuals being shared by local media shows some of them standing on the tables, security forces are not visible at the scene.

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Protesters break into Legislative Council after breaking the last shutter

Protesters have broken into the Legislative Council after breaking the last metal shutter, according to the visuals being shared by live streams of local media. The impact of break-in was such that many journalists had to stop the live streams almost simultaneously.

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Unusual 'smoke' near the last metal shutter of Legislative Council

Unusual smoke was sighted near the last metal shutter of Legislative Council as protesters partially broke the shutter, it was unclear what caused the smoke but security forces have asked journalists to move backwards.

The protesters are not yet able to move further into the Legislative Council as the shutter is only partially broken.

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Protesters close to breaking in as security forces wait behind final metal shutter

Protesters are now trying to break the last metal shutter that will open their way to the Legislative Council but the security forces are waiting in full gear behind the shutter.

Protesters are using heavy objects like stairs to break the shutter, according to visuals being shared by local media.

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Chaos in Hong Kong as protesters choke Legislative Council - international media

International media is reporting that "chaos" has descended in Hong Kong as protesters have stormed the Legislative Council with no signs of withdrawal as the night falls in. A group of mostly students wearing hard hats and masks used a metal trolley, poles and pieces of scaffolding to charge again and again at the compound's reinforced glass, which finally gave.

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