Breaking: Hong Kong protesters seize key roads on China handover anniversary -- @AFP
Breaking: Hong Kong police use pepper spray, batons on protesters: @AFP (The clashes took place on Fenwick Pier Street)
Our latest @AFP wrap Hong Kong police used pepper spray & batons against anti-government protesters who had seized highways early Monday ahead of what is expected to be a huge pro-democracy rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China https://t.co/NF5mU4EADD
Two helicopters, one carrying the Chinese flag, the other a smaller Hong Kong flag, fly over the harbour. Protesters jeered during the fly-by https://t.co/MlqRQVpNR4
Here's Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's speech. Stick to conciliatory tone of last couple of weeks and vows to listen to youth. But no concessions made to protester demands https://t.co/Dgwi90PN8X
Lam (centre) shares a champagne toast after flag-raising ceremony marking Hong Kong's return to China next to two of her predecessors CY Leung (far left) and Tung Chee-hwa (2nd left). Lam's approval ratings have fallen below CY's to an historic low https://t.co/7FnaMg60Ro
Hong Kong police say unknown liquid was thrown by protesters at their officers with some subsequently experiencing difficulty breathing & itchy skin. 13 officers sent to hospital for treatment https://t.co/5kArJOwf7l
Breaking: Protesters try to smash way into Hong Kong’s parliament: @AFP
I do wonder whether the increased tensions in the last 24 hours -- with angry pro-Beijingers rallying on Sunday and renewed police vs anti-govt clashes this morning, will effect turnout for the democracy march?
Live footage shows pro-democracy lawmakers pleading with the more hardline anti-government protesters to stop trying to smash their way into parliament. For now it seems to have worked
I spoke too soon. The battering ram is back
The democracy march has begun from Victoria Park and the crowds, while fairly big, do look smaller than the last two rallies. The end of the route is the city's parliament, currently under siege by the more hardline anti-government protesters
The battering ram got stuck for a bit. Now it's through the window and police on the other side have taken it.
There's been a hardening along the fringes of Hong Kong's political divide the last 24 hours. The young anti-govt protesters are upping the ante & dismissing pleas from pan-dems to show restraint. But this comes after they were abused for hours by pro-Beijingers on Sunday
Pro-democracy march looking a bit bigger now -- photo via one of our live TV positions https://t.co/FaWXqjnYa4
Police have asked members of the public to consider whether they should take part in the democracy rally. Yet the rally itself is entirely peaceful so far. My bet is if the democracy crowds get to parliament, they'll have a better chance of calming down the hardliners https://t.co/RH4xnUNQ1o
Another powerful shot from Fong who is never far from the action https://t.co/W8pp5rWiVe
Hong Kong's last colonial era governor Chris Patten spoke to BBC radio this morning. Says violence of anti-govt protesters is very ill-advised, but warns it is the result of heavy-handed police response to earlier protests. https://t.co/9j4MBony65
"The Communist Party has long pushed the Chinese people to look at the world through the lens of economic interests, and skeptical attitudes toward the Hong Kong protests show it has taken firm root." Good piece by @LiYuan6 https://t.co/nXmm3ZxsJu
HK's i-Cable news showing new attempt to break windows on Hong Kong's parliament by a couple of masked protesters armed with metal poles.
Approaching hour 15, time for a quick refuel https://t.co/vSkCYHnt3Z
I-Cable news showing protesters making their way further inside parliament. Riot police are currently choosing not to engage with them and are retreating further down passageways https://t.co/XZSqwy2evZ
Breaking: Hong Kong protesters breach the inside of parliament building: TV -- @AFP
Unprecedented scenes inside Hong Kong's parliament right now. Protesters are tearing down portraits of city leader Carrie Lam as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping. Riot police appear to have retreated deeper inside the complex or abandoned it all together.
Uhhhh, you don't say? 😳🧐 https://t.co/xmqkrj73hf
Protesters spraying the Hong Kong seal that sits above the main parliamentary chamber https://t.co/IYgHAagz7K
Breaking: Hong Kong govt says "radical protesters" storming parliament used 'extreme violence' -- @AFP "These protesters seriously jeopardised the safety of police officers and members of the public. Such violent acts are unacceptable to society."
It's uh, been a bit busy https://t.co/2YZKsIq4hX
Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters near parliament: TV -- @AFP