Police repel crowds with pepper spray and water cannon.
Thousands of young protesters demonstrating on a multi-story road outside the Legislative Council burst into Chit Whites!
As crowds of protesters swelled, the police tried to repel them with water cannons and pepper spray. Some in the crowd unfolded umbrellas for convenience. Others caught traffic signs and threw them to the ground with a crash.
Some protesters in the crowd said in interviews that they have little hope of forcing the government to abandon the extradition bill. But others, like Grace Tsang, were more optimistic.
"We need all people in the world to support us, because sometimes we are quite hopeless," she added.
Police in the city said some protesters surround the police and private cars in a tunnel and "threatening the lives of those who were surrounded." "We call for those around the vehicles to leave as soon as possible, otherwise we will use the appropriate force."
Protesters build barricades to block roads. Congressional legislative power on Wednesday morning blocked access to the building, the latest demonstration against the controversial bill that would allow extradition to China. Demonstrators, many of whom young people in black T-shirts and wearing surgical masks, placed the barriers in a wide way outside the Legislative Council, as the sound of metallic asphalt ricocheted through a canyon of skyscrapers. Hundreds of riot cops carrying shields and wearing batons watched.
The protest reminded the pro-democracy Chadarsha movement five years ago, which closed several areas in the city, including the roads that protesters blocked on Wednesday, but eventually failed to win by the government.
One of the protesters, 21-year-old Daniel Jung, stood on a cement barrier in the center of the road in the shadow of the legislative building, wearing black clothes, a white surgical mask, and garden gloves. The road, usually a busy road, was now a sea of black shirts. On the edge of the crowds was a city bus.
Mr. Young said he had come to protest against the extradition bill and what he calls "arbitrary" politics of Beijing-sponsored Hong Kong Executive Director Kari Lam, and China President Shi Jingping. If the law falls, he said, he is afraid of what the authorities can do. "They will think you are a suspect and send you back to China."
Many protesters began gathering on Tuesday night and stayed overnight.
There are also strikes and delayed shipment.
Demonstrations were expected to be less than a march that took place on Sunday, where up to one million people, or seventh of the population on the site, crossed the city in a very peaceful protest. By Tuesday afternoon, working groups, businesses and student organizations across the city announced plans to demonstrate opposition to the extradition bill. Small businesses, including restaurants and bookstores, said they would close their doors; middle school students and around 4,000 of their teachers planned to leave; The Union for Bus Drivers has called members to move well under the speed limit.
An online petition urged 50,000 people to protest before the Legislative Council, the legislature of the city, as it prepared for its second debate on the proposed law. On Monday, the Council said it would restrict access to a nearby area, which is usually reserved for demonstrations.
The vote on the bill was scheduled for next week, angered by the opposition. MEPs are likely to vote on the bill by the end of next week, the head of the Hong Kong legislature said despite mass protests over the weekend.
The plan, announced on Tuesday by Legislative Council Chairman Andrew Lung, further sparked tensions in Hong Kong after Sunday marked one of the biggest protests in the new history of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. no violence will be tolerated in any public protest. The South Korean Morning Post reported that thousands of additional officers had been mobilized
Mr. Leung said the bill could vote on June 20 after about 60 hours of debate, adding that "the case is urgent and needs to be considered as soon as possible." The measure is likely to move into local legislation, where 43 of the 70 seats have been occupied by lawmakers in Beijing
Opposition MPs expected the vote to take place around the end of the month, based on a regular schedule of meetings. The decision of the Legislative President to add more sessions in the coming days to bring the date of the vote quickly has raised criticism. Kari Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong, said on Monday that the draft bill would be "driven by our clear conscience and our commitment to Hong Kong."
What is the proposed extradition law? Hong Kong has to hold and transfer people wanted in countries and territories with no formal extradition agreements, including Taiwan and the mainland of China.
Ms. Lam said the new law is urgently needed to persecute a man from Hong Kong who is wanted in Taiwan for murdering his girlfriend. But the authorities in Taiwan, a self-governed island claimed by Beijing, say they would not agree with the extradition agreement because they would treat Taiwan as part of China. to be detained and detained in China, where judges should follow Communist Party orders. They fear that the new law will not only target criminals but also political activists.
The extradition plan covers 37 crimes. This excludes the political, but critics fear the legislation will essentially legalize the kidnappings to the continent that have occurred in Hong Kong in recent years. Chinese authorities are generally not allowed to operate in the semi-autonomous territory Mike Ives, Tiffany May, Catherine Li and Daniel Viktor contributed to the report.