Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislative Council Building

A police officer patrols outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong’s legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside.
A police officer patrols outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong's legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside. Vincent Yu / AP Photo
A police officer patrols outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong’s legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside.
A police officer patrols outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong's legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside. Vincent Yu / AP Photo

Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislative Council Building

Monday marked the twenty-second anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, who have been opposing a proposed extradition bill for weeks, once again took to the streets. A group of those protesters stormed and entered Hong Kong’s legislative building, causing damage. Riot police dispersed the crowd with tear gas around midnight. While the extradition bill has been tabled for the time being, protesters are now demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam resign and that jailed protesters be freed. On Tuesday, the Chinese government called the protesters “extreme radicals” and urged Hong Kong officials to hold the protesters accountable. Joining us to discuss these latest developments in Hong Kong is Ting Guo. Guo is assistant professor of gender studies and history at the University of Hong Kong.