Mass riots in Hong Kong: residents storming the city parliament

The riots swept through one of the largest and most politically and economically specific cities in China - Hong Kong. Protesters launched an assault on the Hong Kong Legislative Council, a regional parliament.

The protests in Hong Kong are connected with the next anniversary of the return of the city under the jurisdiction of the PRC. First, recall that for a century and a half Hong Kong was a colony of Great Britain and only July 1, 1997, 22 years ago, the UK transferred Hong Kong to China.

But there is another reason for the unrest - the Hong Kong authorities passed amendments to the extradition law, which allowed the extradition of criminals in Hong Kong to other provinces in China. Given the rigidity of Chinese law, the concerns of Hong Kong residents are well understood.

Demonstrators not only besieged the building of the regional parliament, but also blocked several central streets of the city. Against protesters armed with stones, sticks, bottles, Hong Kong police use tear gas and batons.

At present, at least 1 thousand people are fighting with the police on the streets of the city, while, according to the Hong Kong authorities, the number of protesters may increase. In connection with the protests, several Hong Kong subway stations were closed.

Some media outlets have dubbed the events in Hong Kong "Chinese Maidan." But such a big name is unlikely to apply to these riots. Moreover, mass demonstrations take place every anniversary of the reunification of Hong Kong with China - there are too many in the city who are dissatisfied with the return to the PRC.
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