Hundreds of protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on Monday after prying doors and gates open with metal objects. Riot police have since left the building, allowing protesters to raise a British colonial flag and deface portraits on the walls. The incident is unfolding as Hong Kong marks 22 years since the British handed the territory back to China. While protests are common each July 1, they’ve taken on renewed importance this year following weeks of demonstrations against legislation allowing extradition to mainland China.
Do all protesters support those in the legislature? The incident has exposed divisions among demonstraters, with pro-democracy Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung regrettably calling the move ’a big mistake.’
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