Riot police try to disperse protesters near a flag raising ceremony for the anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Hong Kong: demonstrators block roads ahead of 22nd anniversary of British handover to China

Thousands of Hong Kong Residents and Riot police in the early hours of Monday morning faced off with riots after demonstrators blocked the roads to the Hong Kong Government’s Central offices. The protests happened ahead of its annual celebration of 22nd anniversary of the city’s return to mainland China from the former British Colony under the agreement of “One nation, two system.”

Demonstrators wearing hard hats and mask took to the streets to vent their anger on Hong Kong’s chief Executive Carrie Lam’s proposal to enact a controversial extradition law which would allow criminals to be sent to mainland China to face the trials in a court in China.

Riot police used pepper spray in a bid to disperse protestors gathering around the site early morning after the demonstrators blocked the roads using pre-purposed crowd control barriers, causing problems to reach the site.

While the demonstration was happening outside the waterfront Convention and Exhibition Center, the venue for the flag-raising ceremony, Lam attended the ceremony with her husband and former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa. She said that the government needed to change its style of governance and pledged to do more for young people.

Similarly, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets as a part of planned march on Monday afternoon. The march starts from the city’s Victoria Park before progressing to the CGO complex.

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