HONG KONG: Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday (Jun 12) as police tried to stop protesters storming the city’s parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Police used rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray and batons to disperse crowds of black-clad demonstrators – most of them young people and students – calling for authorities to scrap the Beijing-backed law. The city’s police chief said the protests were “a riot situation”, and warned the public to avoid the Admiralty area. Ambulances were seen heading towards the protest area. More than 10 people were wounded in the clashes, Cable TV reported. Clashes broke out shortly after 3pm – the deadline protesters had given for the government to abandon the controversial bill. Rows of riot police were quickly outnumbered by protesters – many wearing face masks, helmets or goggles – who gathered in the centre of the city ahead of a scheduled debate in the city’s legislature. By late morning, with crowds swelling and major roads blocked by throngs of protesters, officials in the Legislative Council (Legco) said they would delay the second reading of the bill “to a… Read full this story
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