Chaos as protesters throng roads near government offices in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles on Wednesday (June 12) as protests against an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial descended into violent chaos.

Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered peacefully outside the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature before tempers flared, some charging police with umbrellas.

Police used pepper spray, tear gas and batons to force crowds back, while some individuals were chased. Some injured protesters were taken away from the scene by medics.

The protesters, most of them young people dressed in black, had erected barricades as they prepared to hunker down for an extended occupation of the area, in scenes reminiscent of pro-democracy “Occupy” protests that gridlocked the former British colony in 2014.

(Production: Lucy Marks)

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