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A protest on June 26

A protest on June 26

Protesters put a Hong Kong colonial flag and deface the Hong Kong logo at the Legislative Chamber after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Monday, July 1, 2019.

Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong chief executive, held a news conference at 4 a.m. and blasted the demonstrators over their illegal and violent means.

At nearly every turn, slogans had been spray-painted on the walls in Chinese and English. Its coverage of the protests and the publication of a harsh editorial in the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times may indicate it is prepared to take a tougher line against the demonstrators following days of forbearance.

Anti-extradition bill protesters use the flashlights from their phones as they march during the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China. Once inside, they stood on the desks in the main chamber and climbed high to cover the city's official emblem with black spray paint.

No arrests have been announced.

Beijing and their allies in Hong Kong have condemned the protesters' actions in the strongest terms.

The central government "also supports the relevant agencies of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to investigate the criminal responsibility of violent offenders in accordance with the law, to restore normal social order as soon as possible, to protect the personal and property safety of the citizens, and to safeguard Hong Kong's prosperity and stability", it said.

The action taken on June 12 led protesters to turn their anger on the Hong Kong police.

That led to the latest round of protests. Six men and two women were arrested.

But the increasingly hardline tactics from some protesters have alienated some, with a large counter-rally in support of the police taking place on Sunday.

But the veil of Hong Kong independence that has existed for the past 20 years has been lifted. All that remained where piles of trash, broken umbrellas and thousands of plastic ties that the protesters used to bind barricades together. The act of civil disobedience quickly drew comparisons to Taiwan's Sunflower Student Movement, in which student protestors occupied Taiwan's Legislative Yuan in 2014 to protest a dubious trade pact with Communist China.

Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam had strongly promoted the bill, but suspended it on June 15 in the face of public protests against it. Critics have called on her to officially kill the bill, but she has resisted.

Stressing that Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs that brook no foreign interference, Geng said China advises Britain, especially Hunt, to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs as it is doomed to fail.

In addition to smashing touchscreen panels and vandalizing the walls, protesters ripped down and smashed portraits of Legislative Council President Andrew Leung and former President Rita Fan, and dismantled closed-circuit cameras inside the building.

Its citizens' rights are protected under the terms of the Joint Declaration - a treaty signed by the United Kingdom and China in 1984 under which sovereignty passed back to Beijing.

Britain's National Security Council discussed Huawei in April and a preliminary decision was made to block it from all core parts of the 5G network but to give it restricted access to non-core parts. Hong Kong was under Britain's rule for 155 years, during which it was run by a series of governors appointed by the British crown.

The protesters in Hong Kong are demanding direct election of the city's leader.

"The U.K. considers itself as a guardian which is nothing but a delusion", Geng told reporters at a daily briefing on Wednesday.

"I understand people in Hong Kong and around the world might not 100% agree or disagree on all of the behavior of protesters. but all of the requests have been ignored".

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