Hong Kong police have deployed tear gas to disperse crowds occupying major roads in Admiralty.

The move comes as protesters cleared out of the city’s legislature after storming the building on Monday evening.

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

At around midnight, rows of police officers wearing riot gear and holding batons closed in on masked protesters on Lung Wo Road before advancing towards Harcourt Road creating a cordon.

Photo: Todd R. Darling.

Tear gas warning signs were raised before canisters were deployed as demonstrators dispersed towards Central.

Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

The protest followed an overnight anti-government occupation of the space around the legislature, which coincided with a largely peaceful annual July 1 pro-democracy march from Victoria Park.

Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Organisers said 550,000 people attended, though police put the figure at 190,000.

Photo: Todd R. Darling.

Crowds stormed the Legislative Council Complex on Monday evening after breaking glass doors and prised open metal shutters, vandalising its interior and spray-painting graffiti on the walls.

Photo: Todd R. Darling.

The unrest follows weeks of protests sparked by a controversial extradition bill, which would allow the chief executive and local courts to approve fugitive transfer requests without legislative oversight to jurisdictions where there are no such agreements – most notably, China. The bill was suspended on June 15, but not axed.

Photo: Todd R. Darling.

The demonstrations have since morphed into a wider public display of discontent over alleged police brutality against protesters, among calls for democracy and for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign.

The Hong Kong Free Press #PressForFreedom 2019 Funding Drive seeks to raise HK$1.2m to support our non-profit newsroom and dedicated team of multi-media, multi-lingual reporters. HKFP is backed by readers, run by journalists and is immune to political and commercial pressure. This year’s critical fundraiser will provide us with the essential funds to continue our work into next year.


Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong Free Press is a new, non-profit, English-language news source seeking to unite critical voices on local and national affairs. Free of charge and completely independent, HKFP arrives amid rising concerns over declining press freedom in Hong Kong and during an important time in the city’s constitutional development.