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Protests in Hong Kong: two people in serious condition with the closure legislation

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Hong Kong: At least two people are in serious condition in hospitals in Hong Kong.

An estimated 5,000 riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bags of beans at ten thousand protesters when the streets around the city's Legislative Council were cleared by force at the Admiralty.

The confrontations were late in the night when crowds of demonstrators, mostly young and college age, were rejected by the Legislative Council.
According to a spokesman for the Hong Kong information office,
In a statement, the legislature said there would not be a meeting to discuss the extradition bill on Thursday, a partial victory for protesters and opposition lawmakers, who have been calling for it to be postponed or withdrawn altogether.
"The announcement will be made once the president of the meeting," said the statement.
The central government offices next to the legislature would also be closed on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement.
There was a strong police presence around the Legislative Council building and the Admiralty area of ​​the city on Thursday morning. Dozens of protesters were also allowed in the area. The photos and videos on social networks show the protesters cleaning the garbage and the remains of the clashes on Wednesday.
Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has different laws that follow a UK-style system and has no death penalty, unlike mainland China. Many people fear that the proposed extradition law means that the Chinese authorities could take them out of Hong Kong for political or inadvertent business crimes.
Speaking on Thursday, opposition lawmakers accused the police of an exaggerated reaction and compared more with mainland China.
"Protesters join the rally with Hong Kong's best interests at heart," pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Yiu-Chung told reporters. "The government has no heart at all."
A demonstration during a demonstration.

A sudden and violent turn
The police and the authorities were completely wrong on Wednesday morning when the protesters advanced through the legislature and blocked them. Within an hour, the crowd had full control of the roads of Harcourt and Lung Wo, two main arteries of traffic in downtown Hong Kong.
The scenes around noon are reminiscent of the previous mass protest in Hong Kong in 2014, known as the Umbrella Movement. Opposition lawmakers congratulated the young protesters for their success in blocking the Legislative Council and preventing the scheduled discussion of the day from continuing.
"(This) is reduced to a display of popular power in Hong Kong, a particular deployment of young people's power," legislator Claudia Mo told the men gathered outside the Legislative Council building.
"At the end of the Umbrella Movement, did not we say, 'Will we be back?' And now, we're back! "
Thousands of protesters chatted cheerfully, occasionally joined with triumphant chants. When they arrived at noon, they were joined by many office workers in nearby buildings at the Admiralty.

That happy mood took a dark turn when the protesters continued to push their lines forward and met largely at the government offices on Tim Wa Avenue.
After briefly taking control of that road, the protesters were forced to retreat by the repeated bombings of police tear gas, pepper spray, and cane charges. Police with heavy riot gear then cleared the street
From there, it all descended into a large police deployment, with the exception of the main Harcourt Road protest camp from multiple directions, and eventually forced the protesters onto the roads leading to Central and Wan Chai.

While violent clashes erupted between protesters and authorities late on Wednesday afternoon, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Steven Lo Wai-Chung said the demonstration was considered a "riot."
According to Hong Kong law, riots are considered a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
He added that the police had "no other option but to start using force."
Protest groups accused the police of using excessive force, and videos posted on social networks showed officers beating unarmed protesters and firing rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at point-blank range.

'The people of Hong Kong are angry'
The draft law on extradition has met with widespread opposition since it was discussed by