In Tweets: Protesters Seize HK Legislature

Hundreds of thousands marched again in Hong Kong on Monday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the territory’s handover to China and express continued opposition to proposed extradition rules that many fear would decisively undermine its remaining autonomy. At the same time, a smaller group of gathered outside the seat of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, and eventually, despite pleas from pro-democracy lawmakers, broke in, vandalized it, and briefly occupied the LegCo chamber. From the main protest:

Others on Twitter tracked the events away from the main march:

Hofford later posted more images of the occupation:


(Inkstone’s Alan Wong posted a thread explaining the symbolism of the colonial flag.)

Even amid the damage, there were signs of the restraint and consideration for which the protests have been widely praised.

This turn in the resistance to the extradition changes has sparked widespread debate and concern, of which more coverage will follow.