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Hong Kong Protesters Barge Into Legislature on Handover Anniversary

World | Associated Press | July 1, 2019, 2:30 pm
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 Protesters in Hong Kong pushed barriers and dumpsters into the streets early Monday (July 1) morning in an apparent bid to block access to a symbolically important ceremony marking the anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China. Police in riot gear faced them in loose formation about 20 meters (60 feet) down the road. The area around Golden Bauhinia Square, where the ceremony takes place, has been shut down.<br /><br />A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Protesters in Hong Kong pushed barriers and dumpsters into the streets early Monday (July 1) morning in an apparent bid to block access to a symbolically important ceremony marking the anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China. Police in riot gear faced them in loose formation about 20 meters (60 feet) down the road. The area around Golden Bauhinia Square, where the ceremony takes place, has been shut down.

A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters put a Hong Kong colonial flag and deface the Hong Kong logo at the Legislative Chamber after they break into a protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Protesters put a Hong Kong colonial flag and deface the Hong Kong logo at the Legislative Chamber after they break into a protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A police officer stands guard near the broken glasses outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A police officer stands guard near the broken glasses outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A pro-democracy protester is stopped by police officers as she argues with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A pro-democracy protester is stopped by police officers as she argues with pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A broken umbrella is seen on barriers against a Hong Kong flag and a Chinese national flag at government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A broken umbrella is seen on barriers against a Hong Kong flag and a Chinese national flag at government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A police officer shows a warning banner to pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A police officer shows a warning banner to pro-China's supporters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester waves a black version of the Hong Kong flag as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A protester waves a black version of the Hong Kong flag as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A police officer tries to clean his glasses during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A police officer tries to clean his glasses during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A pro-China's supporter shouts at pro-democracy protesters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A pro-China's supporter shouts at pro-democracy protesters during a rally outside Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police officers in anti-riot gear clear protesters from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Police officers in anti-riot gear clear protesters from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Mourners hold flowers to pay tribute to a woman who supported the rally against the extradition law jumped to her death a day earlier in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Mourners hold flowers to pay tribute to a woman who supported the rally against the extradition law jumped to her death a day earlier in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester covers the Hong Kong emblem with Hong Kong colonial flag after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A protester covers the Hong Kong emblem with Hong Kong colonial flag after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A mourner bows to pay tribute to a woman who supported the rally against the extradition law, who jumped to her death a day earlier in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A mourner bows to pay tribute to a woman who supported the rally against the extradition law, who jumped to her death a day earlier in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters release ballots holding a banner as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Protesters release ballots holding a banner as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Protesters attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Plain-clothed police officers investigate near the broken glasses outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Plain-clothed police officers investigate near the broken glasses outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Protesters push a barrier to a position as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Protesters push a barrier to a position as they attempt to block a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A protester wearing gas mask and others holding umbrellas block a road leading to a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A protester wearing gas mask and others holding umbrellas block a road leading to a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 Police close off an area for a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

Police close off an area for a ceremony in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 A worker cleans up the main entrance outside government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

A worker cleans up the main entrance outside government headquarters in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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