ollowing Wednesday’s chaos, Hong Kong’s parliament has been closed again today as the city attempts to regain some sense of normalcy.
Yesterday, tens of thousands of protestors surrounded the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, demonstrating against the scheduled second reading of a proposed extradition law which would allow criminal suspects to be taken to mainland China for trial.
That meeting was postponed as clashes broke out between protesters and police with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to drive the demonstrators out of Admiralty. However, many didn’t go home and instead fell back to Central, the city’s financial hub, where they continued protesting into the night.
According to reporters on the scene, some protesters have returned to the government buildings today but are outnumbered by the large police presence. Citing security concerns, the Hong Kong government this morning that the Central Government Offices would remain closed both today and tomorrow (June 13th and 14th).
Stand off between police in riot gear and protesters right near LegCo pic.twitter.com/qD8b3Vi8Rd
— Pak Yiu (@pakwayne) June 13, 2019
Police everywhere in full riot gear in Tamar Park and around #HongKong’s LegCo building. Pockets of protesters still hanging around. Quiet and somber scene along Victoria Harbour #HongKong pic.twitter.com/u4OqdytPHd
— Sophia Yan (@sophia_yan) June 13, 2019
Riot police mobilizing inside LegCo . Protesters outside. pic.twitter.com/gqsVpyHEuP
— Mike Ives (@mikeives) June 13, 2019
Silent protest on footbridge towards Lennon Wall and Legco. Young protesters holding signs "Stop shooting students" "Stop shooting #HongKong citizens" towards police officers cordoning ahead of them #antiELAB #ExtraditionBill #NoChinaExtradition pic.twitter.com/8HWW7NBe2K
— HKDemoNow (@hkdemonow) June 13, 2019
Despite the widespread public outrage, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said that she doesn’t plan to withdraw the bill. The timing of its second reading is up to the discretion of Legislative Council Andrew Leung.