The oldest English-language paper South China Morning Post reported that police applied batons and teargas against demonstrators in the former British colony.

According to the paper, young people, who spent all night on the streets, tried to break through the metal fence, throwing a variety of items at law enforcement officers. The police used batons and tear gas in order to hold back the protesters, blocking the roads to The Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Protests in Hong Kong began on June 9 after the government introduced amendments to the extradition bill. If passed, the authorities of this “special administrative region of China” will be able to extradite criminals to countries they lack extradition agreements with. For example, to mainland China. According to opponents of the innovations, it will allow to turn not only the corrupt officials hiding in Hong Kong over to the PRC authorities, but also activists opposing the policy of Beijing.

The protesters are mainly young people, students. They build barricades of metal and bricks, chant anti-government slogans, and demand the resignation of the mayor of Hong Kong.

It was already reported in the media that organizers of the riots call for more protests using encrypted communication channels. If the Legislative Council of Hong Kong will agree to review the bill, they intend to storm the government buildings. The city and public transport will be blocked by demonstrators until the protesters ‘ demands are met.

Demonstrators use masks and umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas. Apart from students, employees of shops, enterprises, and banks also took to the streets. This protest is considered to be the largest since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Today, over 5,000 police officers (the overall number is 30,000), including counter-terrorism and tactical units, have been brought to the streets. Cyber-security divisions monitor social networks and messengers.

According to media reports, the Hong Kong Parliament postponed the next meeting on the extradition bill for an indefinite time.

Hong Kong, which is de jure a virtually independent entity in political terms, suffers regular Chinese interference in domestic politics. In view of the trade war between the US and China, the PRC is trying to strengthen control over one of the leading financial centers in Asia, which business elite is closely linked with the US. It is in their interest to support the current protests against the new law. However, the protesters’ demands are unlikely to be met even if the protest escalates. The vast majority of Hong Kong’s MPs are Beijing-oriented and the efforts of the Liberal party which reflects the interests of the business elite will not be enough. The only thing that can change the situation is the centrists’ refusal to support the bill, but the chances for such a development, once again, are extremely small.