Hong Kong police and extradition protesters renew clashes as tear gas flies | Daily News

Hong Kong police and extradition protesters renew clashes as tear gas flies

Calm returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Thursday as the president of the Legislative Council agreed to delay by at least another day consideration of the contentious bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, following clashes between protesters and the police a day earlier.

Aiming to keep the pressure on the government, the Civil Human Rights Front, the pro-democracy coalition that organized the march four days ago that drew up to one million people, called on residents to take to the streets again this coming Sunday. The group also called for schools, shops and workers to go on strike on Monday.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to the bill surrounded the Legislative Council building on Wednesday and prevented lawmakers from meeting as scheduled to move the legislation toward a vote next week. When some protesters charged the police in an attempt to enter the building, riot control officers opened fire with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Almost all the protesters dispersed overnight, and reporters and camera crews arrived early Thursday to find an eerily hushed building surrounded by heavy security on quiet streets. As thunderstorms rolled across the city, trash crews cleared away surgical masks, water bottles and other debris from Wednesday’s clashes.thunderstorms rolled across the city, trash crews cleared away surgical masks, water bottles and other debris from Wednesday’s clashes.


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