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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. it's been a day of violent protest in hong kong. todayis today is the 22nd anniversary of britain handed hong kong back to china. what started peaceful protest turned violent. we got into parliament not long after the protesters left. this is extraordinary to think that this is that normally beating heart of the democratic process here in hong kong. but it's completely defaced. out on the streets, the security forces fired tear gas and baton charged some of the tens of thousands of protestors. we would have life ongoing coverage of hong kong with bbc reporters and a nalysts of hong kong with bbc reporters and analysts here in ten years remaining
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analysts here in ten years remaining a undone and in hong kong. it's 3am in hong kong, and protesters are still on the streets. we would have the story of how these protests escalated so quickly and do a report from inside the parliament building. while the protesters have left now that's because at midnight local time this happened. riot police stormed the legco. they fired tear gas at protesters. monday was the anniversary of hong kong's hand of a chinese rule, these demonstrations take place every year but never before like this. nick beake was watching this all unfold outside the building. he isjoining us live from hong kong. tell us more about what you
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are please. they are outside the building now, we have been into the main chamberand saw building now, we have been into the main chamber and saw the destruction ready and that debris that was left behind, the parties have been asking people to come down to this point, and you can see some of the graffiti behind us, this smashed glass as far as that eye can see and this gives you an indication of how these protesters were able to make their way indoors and they were able to occu py way indoors and they were able to occupy this building and in an incredible fashion and they were able to do that because the police did not stop them. you can the sum up did not stop them. you can the sum up his is now taking off their riot gearand up his is now taking off their riot gear and they have no more shields are batons or spray. some people may say too little too late, why did they not meant to protect this building? but i think it might have been a decision that back and can now that at what these protesters have done. look at what they have done to the parliament and what they have done to the assembly of the people of hong kong. behind you i
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can see some graffiti saying hong kong is not china and i guess that cuts to the heart of the motivation of these protesters. this was initially a deep—rooted anger about a specific law which makes the people sent to face trial but talking to people today there is a real antiaging sentiment. many of the people, teenagers in their early 20s they do not want a future which is dictated to by beijing, they don't want the lives that they lead and the future to be the same as people on mainland china. and so we that has been empowering this protest. powering this movement and i think it has become a movement. fuelled through social media, fascinating to see how people react not to someone with a loud speaker but to a message they get on their phonein but to a message they get on their phone in particular the telegram social media apps have been one way people have been sent instructions and it's incredible to watch a whole group of people, hundreds look at their phone and they see where they have been instructed to go next and
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be just the, like that they have gone and it's really difficult for the parties who are here now to try and cope with that and predict people will go and it would be interesting to see how they react in the coming days. they tried to track down the people who burst through the barricades here today and because such an embarrassment for the authorities here in hong kong and of course embarrassment for beijing as well. can you give us an idea of how far these protesters had to go from the streets to actually get into the chamber into the snb? -- snb? let's get into the chamber into the snb? —— snb? let's try to give you an indication. just over there, beyond some of the officers you can see the lights of a few vehicles. so it was not particularly fire but that tactic that they picked up from about midday was to try and broach a lots of different engines is, try and get to a number of different places. eventually they did not, but the rated. they bided their time and
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you saw a huge number of people to know themselves through this particular entrance. so the crowds build up and they had a real body of members who were then able en masse to push through this particular spot. even though this is the main entrance to the assembly which he thought would be really well protected they were able to smash there and they made their way up the stairs, at the estimators which have been turned off and went into that chamber that we saw earlier where it's now like a bomb site. you've got food all over the place, water, umbrellas, all the detritus and all the debris that the protesters brought with them. so, this is the legacy of an extraordinary day here in hong kong. forthe legacy of an extraordinary day here in hong kong. for the moment, thank you very much. that's extraordinary seeing it live right in the centre of that building that is extraordinary story has played out. let's ta ke extraordinary story has played out. let's take you through what's happening the last 2a hours. how we have from peaceful protests to the
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graffiti on the walls of parliament and yosemite —— he's stomach supports. the context is that for the past month they have been protest on that bill that would allow people in hong kong to be extradited to mainland china. organises a half a million people turned out, right we can't verify that they yeah but you get an idea from these pictures there has drawn slippage since any many thousands of people came out. as they have done in the past, this was the moment protesters smashed their way into the legco. police say protesters took iron poles and guard rails from nearby building sites to break in. they vandalised the building inside. the police used pepper spray, batons, you can see them using their shield as well. some officers were injured after protesters threw on liquid at them. some of the protesters, very small fraction moved away and focused on the ledge co., the moved away and focused on the ledge co. , the parliament. moved away and focused on the ledge co., the parliament. as you can see here they are using a shopping
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trolley to try and smash through the reinforced glass at the front of the parliament as he noted a moment ago there was nobody to resistance. some protesters at that point got inside. the legislative council was on red alert, that's never happened before, and everyone inside was evacuated. nick was there for that. there's a project out there, they wa nt to there's a project out there, they want to smash the glass, if you take a look they have made quite a bit of damage. you can see that reinforced class but yet they are coming to and again. so far the riot police have not moved in. you can see someone taking matters into his own hands. this is something that will be seen around the world it's deeply embarrassing for the hong kong ——
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authorities and embarrassing for beijing because this is their day as they would see it, the 22nd anniversary of the handover from british rule in china and yet this is happening on their doorstep. this is happening on their doorstep. this isa50 is happening on their doorstep. this is a 50 ready anger is palpable. if the authorities thought it would go away, it has not. once again people have come onto the streets. in terms of the wider public sympathy, what with the older generation think? these are mostly students here they say we fear for these are mostly students here they say we fearfor our these are mostly students here they say we fear for our future, we want a revolution but will other hong kong go with them? once again, they will be trying to make their way through this door. the protest is put out a statement online attacking the justice. they
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say:. iurge i urge her to come and speak to the people and how communication to stop this chaotic situation for us now this chaotic situation for us now this is very urgent. i saw the police they are all inside the building and they are trying to defend and they are not coming out i don't know why. they are not here to control the situation. while those initial efforts to get inside were going on, very nearby, ceremonies marking the handover from going on, very nearby, ceremonies marking the handoverfrom british going on, very nearby, ceremonies marking the handover from british to chinese rule where happening at the convention centre. yet we have the building just along the front you can see this convention centre. inside she was in attendance he can see her walking in and she had a message for the demonstrators.
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translation: what has happened in recent months that the dispute between the public on the government. it has may be fully realised that i as a politician have to remind myself all the time of the need to grasp public sentiments accurately. i'm also fully aware that while we have good intentions we still need to be open and accommodating. while the government has to ensure administered efficiency it means send this impatiently. let's move onto further in the day now. to a fresh storming of the apartment building. here is how it happened. these first pictures show demonstrators as i say infar pictures show demonstrators as i say in far greater numbers here their way into the building, iron poles and guard rails and you can see one guardrail they are being used. they have been picked up at a nearby building site. once the protesters we re building site. once the protesters were in, they started to vandalize the inside of the building. you can see graffiti on the walls and black
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paint across the hong kong emblem on the rear wall. one protester raised a form of british colonial flat to bearing the union jack. a form of british colonial flat to bearing the unionjack. while that was happening. police issue in this ultimatum. they said that building was violently attacked. the they will take reasonable force. but he's also appeal unlimited protesters to leave the vicinity and within an hour, the police had arrived and moved in. the police are here, they have got their batons and shields, this is their batons and shields, this is the police response. this is the place where thousands of protesters today took ch. they put up barricades you can see the graffiti. on the wall. they were here trying
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to break into different entrances, let's see if we can take you inside. it's go through here. this is one of the government buildings. normally this would be a highly secure area, you can see it's been completely trashed. printers there, the whole place has been ripped apart. if we go out to one of the other entrances, this is the base where normally the politicians and people will make the decisions in this city would be coming to work every day. and if wejust would be coming to work every day. and if we just take your insight this is where some of the protesters went to it today. it's an airy silence, there is a smell still in the air that's probably the tear gas that was fired. come with us more, you can see beads or other members of the media having the same idea as i was trying to get through. just listening to the police. you imagine at some point, they'll be making their way inside here and look more graffiti, we are very much at the
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bottom of the building here. i would assume the fact that you have cut some of the numbers of officers here, there remains protesters nearby. it's unclear at this point how many people remain in the chamber. the police are lining up and you can see this is their training coming into operation now. they are making columns, this is not money from experience of other riots i've been at a prelude to action. so you've not got the elites quite here dressed in black but you've got offices that would be walking the streets of hong kong dealing with crime today it looks like they're about to go in this way. we'll see if we can get some sense of where the operation will take us. i wonder at this point whether they'll be bringing out the protesters through this exhibit. they are clearly trying to keep some sort of engines open and now it is extremely
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fast—moving. the police are being moved to one side. we will stick with this and see what happens. but i think with this and see what happens. but ithinka with this and see what happens. but i think a lot of people were amazed that this had not happened earlier today. police could have dispersed the demonstrators much earlier when they we re demonstrators much earlier when they were trying to start the building. on the contrary, they did nothing except guarding from within and now the entire building is vacant, there is no security guard, there is no police, the purpose allow the demonstrator to break into this building. the vandalize eight. and i think this is that they want this type of seem to be seen by the public. by doing so they would earn
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back some of the public supports which has been overwhelmingly exciting with the demonstrators. when the police put up a statement saying they were coming that was very quickly shared among the protesters and they chose to leave. here are some footage from inside the chamber. many of them and you can see some of them citing to final outs of the chamber towards the back of that particular room. they were inside and nick was inside as this was happening. this theme speaks for itself. there is an eerie silence now you can see the complete mass, there are these barriers which were used to ultimately get through the glass also umbrellas were used to shield protesters from the pepper spray that the police had the bright but also they use it as a way of hiding their identities. they were worried about the repercussions of coming in here. this is
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extraordinary to think that nobody disses the bustling beating heart of the democratic process here. in hong kong. but it's completely defaced, we have got wires falling from the walls, graffiti all across the base, the protesters made their way in, they occupy here and those are the steps they went up to head to the chamber where what followed, people could not believe a spray graffiti on the walls, they also defaced some of the portraits of the politicians who brought the space for so long and if we just go over here you can see more of the barricades. this explains how they were able to get in. we saw these human conveyor belts, this chain of people moving these barriers forward and they were using these things to tighten together and it made a really effective battering ram and crucially, the police did not stop them and i think in the upcoming
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hours and base people were making why did the police that they get to this? they were criticised a few weeks ago for not doing enough to try and stop the protesters in a peaceful way, any more effectively andi peaceful way, any more effectively and i today the pendulum is com pletely and i today the pendulum is completely slung. they have stepped back and frankly we have seen protesters why i'm up on the streets of hong kong today. there is a statement released by members of hong kong legislative council. they are part of the council. this statement reads in part they are ruthless and destructive behaviour made a complete disregard of the law and disregard hong kong's find tradition of the rule of law. nick is back with us tonight from hong kong, life from the building which has been attacked and thank you for being with us again. help us understand what's happening now. they are asked to be the chamber, that building that we were atjust
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about half an hour ago and the police have been moving feel, they have been trying to assess the extent that the damage chair. it's pretty obvious to see the destruction here but they are trained to let that individual rooms and work out what's being done. you can see the officers here and we can wanderfurther and can see the officers here and we can wander further and we might can see the officers here and we can wanderfurther and we might get stopped. is it possible to get further into? ok i think that's pretty clear indication that we can't go any further but you can see a few officers waiting for the block —— broken glass to pick up some of the debris of course it will take months, sorry it will take a long time to try and clear all this i way it could be months or even years when you talk about the impact this may have on society here in hong kong and it was a very strongly worded statement be read out there from the powers that be and i can tell you we expect the chief executive, someone who has faced so much criticism over the past month oi’ much criticism over the past month orso, much criticism over the past month or so, she is expected to give a press c0 nfe re nce or so, she is expected to give a press conference in about a0 minutes oi’ press conference in about a0 minutes or $0 press conference in about a0 minutes orsoi press conference in about a0 minutes or so i think, about four in the
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morning here. what she will say we don't know, there have been huge claris for her to resign but it could well be that she comes out once again with this very strong message that the scenes that played out today on the streets of hong kong were simply unacceptable. it'll be interesting to see what it said that press conference. did you manage to have many conversations with the protesters and ask them whatever they feel they have the support of many thousands of people who protested peacefully? it was interesting. it was a bizarre conversation, one man was trying to smash his way into this building he was holding a paul and surrounded by 20 people and i said no, surely you are losing weight is supported by this sort of activity and he said no, it's worked before because when the protest and violence back in june carrie lam came out and made a confession and she said this bill would be suspended. so lots of people he spoke to said they felt emboldened because violence had
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worked. whether that's the case or not, that was sent to me their sentiment. so in terms of how they protest next, that is hard to tell. would it be more of the same? you can't imagine the police would allow that to happen. why would it be phantom movements, will people pop up phantom movements, will people pop up occupied buildings as they have been a up occupied buildings as they have beena in up occupied buildings as they have been a in the past few weeks and will they try and continue what's been a very fluid protest movement? people popping up and making their point and living on again. despite the fact that the spaces occupied for so many hours, all those protesters have not slept away into the night. they are not being corralled a question and they are not being contained and they are not being put into police cells tonight, they have been free to go my what happens to them in the coming days and weeks. we shall see as more police officers come out here and of quest great pressure on them in the coming days and weeks if there are more protests here in hong kong. it's interesting, there were much
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older people today who we spoke to at the start of the day because they we re at the start of the day because they were taking part in this march which happens every year on the ist of july, which is generally an anti—beijing movement, many people here may be shocked by what they've seen but what they have seen, you mightfind seen but what they have seen, you might find older hong kong although they may not open if it the right thing to do they might secretly support their sentiment i believe that the influence of china, the threat of china as they see it is so great that drastic action needs to be taken. we talked about some unusual police tactics also some unusual police tactics also some unusual media tactics have been amazed over the last few hours the access you have been getting was that easy to secure? i suppose it's the old chestnut if, there was no one he had to stop us if i'm com pletely one he had to stop us if i'm completely honest with you. this building was left unguarded for most of the day, the protesters went inside. it has to be said to him he
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got here we walked through police lines and said hello to be officers, no one stopped us but we are free to walk up the escalators which no longer operate, you are free to move through some of the buildings which had been some of the rooms which have been ransacked and of course you are free to go to the chamber, the place where the future of hong kong is decided. the pace of the debate, discussion, boats, politicians use to getting their own way, used to hearing the sound of their own voice, that's often the criticism of politicians, the world over but today they were not in control. they were not the ones in power. it was that teenagers, the twentysomethings of hong kong who we re twentysomethings of hong kong who were able to move into this building and it was their voice, a defining place, a loud voice which was heard loud and clear across the city. and of course it would have been heard loud and clear across the world in particular in beijing. thank you very much. we will watch out for that carry them press conference without any moment let us talk to outside source and laura westbrook.
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what did we know about the people and how they fit into the broader protest? what we saw today a lot of those protesters, they were wearing masks but as nick was saying they we re very masks but as nick was saying they were very young, they look like they we re were very young, they look like they were university students, they weren't part of the big march that was organised by the democratic camp organised two of the biggest marches we have seen of those sundays who has organised a march on victoria park which was that the commenter away from electrical and what we saw today was really an explosion of violence and anger amongst many of the young people in hong kong both feel ignored by the government. the type students who were involved a few years back in the umbrella movement and also on twitter, had they been letting us know what they make of what's happening in
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parliament i'm curious to know that this violence is in sync with what they want. what is a key difference between this movement and what happened in 201a is that it is a large needed a rest movement. people have been organising themselves and social encrypted media messaging apps like telegram about what they should do. and so, what we are seeing is that it makes it organic and it makes it spontaneous and it makes its nicely organised by the protesters themselves. it's not led by these leaders that we saw in 201a. like joshua by these leaders that we saw in 201a. likejoshua who was put in prison because he does protests. it's one of the tactics that we are seeing this time that it is not being led so it's the lesson that they've learned from 201a as well. what have you seen? the pilot of this is entering mainland china. there was an opportunity because what's been happening over the last few weeks now as the protest have escalated, there have been asked of
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what the government sees as bad as them or put up an exam, there has beena them or put up an exam, there has been a picking up of these particular elements or sharing online basically saying that this is what's happening. there no protest, but as acts of hooligans happening in so when people in protesters starting to try and enter the legislative counsel, that would have been an opportunity for beijing but at the same time for people to actually get into the local parliament. seeing the phytates behind milk, one of the words he yet again and again in chinese is dog government, dog government again and again. the communist governments wanting to share pictures of this will permit such an embarrassment. the idea you can get into a parliament building in hong kong is just unheard of really. you just wa nt just unheard of really. you just want to have it happen. especially ona want to have it happen. especially on a two year anniversary. we will continue talking about this on the next patient of outside source. we have to pause for a few minutes here but there's this extraordinary meeting of the night press
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conference coming up from hong kong paid chief executive carry, and of course you'll see it ip on bbc well—being. nasty fellow there was all talk of high pressure, building heat, and humidity. this week more talk of high pressure with the high moving. the hike across the continent putting warm air in from nine africa, this week except across the atla ntic africa, this week except across the atlantic and around the top of the higher we are still bringing in relatively warm air but the heat is locked down in the corner and our temperatures will be closer to average values in the late —— days ahead. northwesterly clip on the wings as well to the far north of the uk the night of the height of the uk the night of the height of the part of the week. and i will be staying with us through the week ahead, perhaps just some changes to the north, i lot ofjet leaded to come and some sunshine. the effect
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that empty is a's forecast. scattered showers from scotland and is dance and patchy cloud around elsewhere not a lot of dry weather. temperatures will be expected to see them at this time of year up to 6917. did name to saint lincecum ate a bit of the the difference the highest and without, that height of eyes up and further handling will be like sandy does a lot of fine weather coming on wednesday, if anything perhaps the sunshine more extensive nick macleod to the far northwest of the uk. wednesday temperatures to the south creeping up temperatures to the south creeping up on it bit maybe my suntan. perhaps edging down to the far north thatis perhaps edging down to the far north that is a bit more crowded than meaning. there were some changes to come on thursday and friday, and thatis come on thursday and friday, and that is this area of low pressure trying to inject its front and the north area of high pressure. they say it does make it lead into is some quite heavy and persistent rain into the north scotland through the
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day and it will gradually work its way south as the hours go by. further south ultimately a hiding place it could get up to 26 degrees in the southeast which perhaps the most widespread of our suntan to the week i had to come in for england and wales. thursday name to find a different dip this way south but it also falls eastward with some scattered showers and that doesn't suggest into a more annoyed that the airstream selling to a feel cooler and fresher on friday, could be a few showers to the south on the team and the end of the front and patchy cloud around but eventually most of us see a cloud around but eventually most of us see a dry day with some sunshine injust us see a dry day with some sunshine in just 13 us see a dry day with some sunshine injust 13 degrees us see a dry day with some sunshine in just 13 degrees there in aberdeen. and then for the weekend ahead, it's all about the area of high pressure. definitely cooler than that weekend just fine especially for the first half of the weekend. as it looks like the high will keep us in quite a northerly airstream pushing across from the west a bit more for sunday so the wind direction becomes more northwesterly a nd wind direction becomes more northwesterly and temperatures may rise quite cloudy for some north
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because such sandy and brightest quys because such sandy and brightest guys are promised for sunday. looking at our capital is not a bad weekend to come at all, temperatures just up we will see through the week. and then on into next week and again it's all about the high. the uncertainty is when it stayed in the west, keeping us in the cool northerly airstream with showers oil ina building northerly airstream with showers oil in a building and can off the rain and bring us wet weather and sea been keeping up. at the moment it's for us tojust move been keeping up. at the moment it's for us to just move into a more u nsettled for us to just move into a more unsettled scenario with some showers feeding their way south across the uk and perhaps a cooler northerly airstream but as ever we will keep you regularly updated.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. police in hong kong regain control of the territory's parliament after it had been ransacked and occupied for several hours by protestors. the activists left after the police issued a warning that they would use force to evict them. today, the protesters came streaming. they were the ones in control. they were the ones in power. they made their way down to the front, and you can see the graffiti that they daubed. the sentiments that they wanted to put forward. and up there, is the symbol, the same of hong kong. and this is such a symbolic day. remember it is 22 years to the day since hong kong was returned
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security forces have now taken control of the territory's parliament after it had been ransacked and occupied for several for territory's several hours by protestors. on the anniversary of its handover to chinese rule protesters in their hundreds of thousands were back out in the streets, the latest rally against a proposed law that critics fear could be used to extradite political dissidents to mainland china. however a group broke away from the main protest and they then attempted, for hours, to smash their way into the territory's legislative council. their efforts paid off and they managed to get inside and seize the parliament building , draping the podium with the old british colonial flag used before the terrirtory was hand to china in 1997. riot police, who were nowhere to be seen earlier on in the day then took action, firing volleys of tear gas to try to break up protests by large crowds of people around the parliament building.
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many demonstrators left the chamber as the police advanced, it isn't clear whether any arrests have been made. our correspondent nick beake was at the scene. welcome to hong kong. the city which has seen extraordinary scenes today. and again, we see more. this is simply not normal. you've got protesters bringing barriers, other pieces of equipment, in some cases poles, to the front. to the hard—core of this demonstrating movement. because that is what it has become. there are still thousands of people surrounding the building behind us, that is the legislative assembly where normally politicians would be talking. but today, the only voice you can hear is the voice of this very angry, disaffected youth movement. they've been out all day, dressed in black for the main part, protesting against this hated bill. and also protesting against the authorities that run the city.
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the day started with what was supposed to be a celebration, marking the 22nd anniversary of hong kong being returned from british rule, to chinese rule. this is what the chief executive carrie lam, who runs hong kong, had to say. what has happened in recent months has led to controversy and disputes between the public and the government. this has made me fully realise that i, as a politician, have to remain remind myself all the time of the need to grasp public sentiments accurately. i am also fully aware that where we have good intentions, we still need to be open and accommodating. while the government has to ensure administrative efficiency. it still needs to listen patiently. this has been an extraordinary thing to watch, because there haven't been protest leaders with loudspeakers giving directions. most of the crowd here, have been glued to their phones for part of the day, because it is there that they get instructions about what happens next.
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that was nick earlier. dozens of demonstrators broke away from that protest and made their way to the legislative council building — hong kong's parliament. they stormed and ransacked it — smashing their way through the parliament's glass facade. nick was able to get into the building of the legislative council, after activists had occupied it for hours. the scenes speak for themselves relief. there is an eerie silence. you can see the complete mess. there are these barriers which were used to ultimately get through the glass. also, umbrellas were used to shield protesters from the pepper spray that the police deployed. but they also use them to hide their identity. they worried about the repercussions of coming on here. let's have a look. a room through here, not a huge amount to see. but this was one of the rooms the protesters came into. if we go further through, it is extraordinary
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to think that this is the bustling, beating heart of the democratic process here in hong kong. but it is com pletely process here in hong kong. but it is completely defaced. wires following from the walls. graffiti all across the place. protesters made their way in. they occupied here. those of the steps they went up to head to the chamber where the, what followed, people could not believe. they sprayed graffiti on the walls. they also defaced some of the portraits of the politicians who brought this place for so long. if we go over here, if you are able to go through here, if you are able to go through here, you will see more of the barricades. this explains how they we re barricades. this explains how they were able to get in. we saw these human conveyor belts, this chain of people, moving. moving these barriers forward and they used these tapes to take them together and it made a very effective battering ram. and crucially, the police did not stop them. and i think in the coming
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hours and days, people will see why did the police let it get to this? they were criticised a few weeks ago for not stopping protesters in a more peaceful way and i think today, the pendulum has completely swung. they have stood back and frankly, we have seen protesters run amok on the streets of hong kong today. that was nick earlier, then he went into the legislative chamber which had been occupied by the protesters. normally the politicians of hong kong have their debates are today. but today there was no politician insight, instead it was a stream of protesters who left graffiti, made their way to the front, where they sprayed more graffiti and defaced the image of hong kong. remember, this is a really symbolic day, the 1st ofjuly, it marks the handover
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of power from british 1st ofjuly, it marks the handover of powerfrom british rule 1st ofjuly, it marks the handover of power from british rule to the chinese rule. there are normally protests in some way against beijing, but nothing like this. and you are looking at the images of the people who have to try and pick up the pieces. on the left, the police commissioner who is under massive fire now. was today's response from the police appropriate? did the setback to much? carrie lam, many people may remember that the face. she is a cheaper gartner executive, still backed by beijing. how does she try and repair this fractured city? —— she is the chief executive. the protesters have now melted away from this particular location. but in terms of the repercussions in the coming weeks and months, will they face prosecution or will the authorities here see, we have stood back, let this happen, will they try to ta ke back, let this happen, will they try to take some moral high ground? it is really interesting to see what pans out next. ultimately, the fear is that beijing will be angered by what they have seen here. and may
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decide, if not now, in the future, that they cannot allow this kind of thing to happen again. and may be that they would impose some kind of crackdown in hong kong? yes, and i think that is in people's mines here. they are concerned about the influence of china. whether it is a more subtle influence or whether it is more overt in the form of this bill that so many people heated. it would have sent suspects to mainland china to face trial. i was beaten to a police chief, i asked, china to face trial. i was beaten to a police chief, iasked, is china to face trial. i was beaten to a police chief, i asked, is there any chance of you asking for back—up from the mainland? he rule that out, but the response of hong kong will be channelled through the response of beige info. we know carrie lam has been backed by powers that be in beijing and they will be encouraging an influencer in what they do next. people are mindful that they would
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have angered the chinese authorities, because after all, this was supposed to be a day that marked china, chinese influence and the fa ct china, chinese influence and the fact that 22 years ago, this place moved to chinese rule. this has been an embarrassment. a deep embarrassment for the powers that be today and, for beijing as well. shows around a little bit more net. your inside this legislative chamber where normally it is the work that is done here. but it is a complete mess. there is graffiti everywhere. chaos, mess and the authorities, as you say, well be pretty embarrassed. absolutely. this is a place where debates take place. the chief people whose word really matters, their opinions count, and this is what we see today. graffiti on this particular desk. a computer screen that has been ripped up there. some
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papers that have been removed. the protesters made this their home. water bottles, bars of chocolate. further down here, it looks like someone has got a takeaway delivery. the fact that the protester could come in here and make it their own. it really speaks volumes. you got some of the... i'm not sure what thatis some of the... i'm not sure what that is in that particular bottle. but you got some of the detritus and tools of the protesters trade. scissors, gloves, also tape. it has to be said, many people of course will criticise the actions of these people protesters, but they were highly effective. people passing barrier to the front and the taped or glued together projectiles. they created, for themselves, their own army. and they were able to do that because the police did not confront them and the police were waiting in
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them and the police were waiting in the wings. that was clear. but they did not confront them and it seems that after accusations of being heavy—handed two weeks ago, that the police really held back. a few umbrellas there. that is an interesting symbol of this protest movement, because it has been raining today, but also these have been protection from the pepper spray that the police have been firing, but also it served as a means of protecting the identity of these protesters. many fearful about what might happen. we spoke of the roller beijing, we spoke to some people today who are worried about chinese secret police picking up on their identity and singling them out for their actions. again, this is the degree that is left out behind. we saw that the union flag was raised at one point and that will really infuriate the chinese authorities because they message was that 22 years after the handover of hong kong, this former colony, those protesters prefer british rule to
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chinese rule. we don't want to see their freedom slip away in the way, and become part of the chinese mainland. i think it is obviously a really striking image. we have seen over the past few weeks some solitary union flag flying. i think if you speak to many people here, it is typical and it is a generational 93p- is typical and it is a generational gap. people do vary. it looked like a 1997 the overwhelming feeling was that people wanted to be free of british rule and wanted self—determination and self—rule. 22 yea rs self—determination and self—rule. 22 years on, you get the sense that the feeling has shifted. whether people wa nt to feeling has shifted. whether people want to return to british rule whether or not they want to be the masters of their own destiny, i think that is one thing that young people we spoke to today were saying. we spoke to some politics stu d e nts saying. we spoke to some politics students and they said that we should be able nsa and age to forge our own future, and they are concerned about the way that beijing continues to influence them. and it is interesting, specifically if we look ahead to 20a7, that is the year
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when the 50 year period, where hong kong is able to have self—rule and hang on its judiciary kong is able to have self—rule and hang on itsjudiciary and other freedoms, that people in mainland china simply do not enjoy. now way would they be able to get home with us would they be able to get home with us today, to some carry out this sort of action. people look at it look ahead to 20a7 and if the future looks chinese for many, they do not like it one bit and i think that has been powering this anger, powering this protest and powering what is now a movement. it is much wider than people angry with one specific piece of legislation. it is a wider movement, some people talking about democracy, some about a revolution. that was nick talking to me earlier. inside the chamber of the parliament building. in hong kong. let's go live to hong kong.
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to rosalind adams, asia correspondent for buzzfeed news.( it was very dramatic. a lot of determination, in the protesters. there is a feeling that they do not know what other options are left. every time, they have been very consistent about their demands. and every time carrie lam has hurdled a press conference where has the impartial retreats, but not enough to make protesters happy. i think they are just doing everything they can think of at this point. where you surprised when they went into the chamber of the legislative council and sprayed graffiti as we have seen? it was definitely surprising. i was standing out there for hours, and as the hours went by, they were taking down glass panes one by one. super methodical, bringing supplies. different metal
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barricades, sledgehammers, anything we could use to get their way in. we took the precaution to smash cctv cameras. took the precaution to smash cctv cameras. “— took the precaution to smash cctv cameras. —— they took the precaution. everyone is definitely concerned about surveillance and being identified. once they got that metal barricade open, i was surprised to see hundreds file. it was not clear if it was going to be a small group, but it was really on mass occupation. of the building. as one protester told me, this is a huge step for us, if we can get inside this building, it means the government has to listen to us. sol think it replica big symbolic victory to the protesters. tell us more about who these protesters are. most of them are students, is that right? a lot of them are students, university students, you know, every
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time they have been points when people would take a megaphone and corral people and pass information on. but it really is, every time i have talked to people, asking them their if they belong to some group. they all are like, now it is not like that. we all have the same voice. this is a leaderless movement. we are sharing information, not telling people what to do. even inside the council building, there is a decision about should we stay or should we go? and the way the protesters were talking about it was all we can do is share the information, we know police are coming but if people are going to stay, they are going to stay. there isa stay, they are going to stay. there is a lot of unity i think around the anger that these protests are representing right now. and when you talk about anger, what exactly are the angry about? is it specifically this extradition proposed extradition law that would
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ultimately see suspects are extradited to mainland china, or is it more than that? i think it is definitely more than that. that has become a huge symbol, of china's encroachment on hong kong. the erosion of certain freedoms. in hong kong. one person told me, we still have our freedom of speech, we are still going to keep speaking out as long as we can. but i think that is why they are so, being so steadfast in these goals. two. the extradition bill. to have carrie lam step down. and to have the releasable protesters that have been arrested. it is because they see that as holding onto what they already have. i think there is a bigger push behind this for more democracy in hong kong. but i think that is why people are not stepping down, they just don't want to lose any more
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freedoms. than what they have lost. and a bigger push for more democracy, but what isn't likely to be the response of the authorities? carrie lam, the chief executive, is she going to will my honourable friend give way to all that? and and what will beijing think of all this? they will be horrified? definitely, there have been sensors. sensors in china have been very robust of the protest here. every time, carrie lam, there has been some retreat but the most she has ever done at press conferences has been apologised, has never been, she has never addressed the protesters demands andl has never addressed the protesters demands and i think that is why we keep seeing these tensions ramp up. and these greater efforts to get their voices heard. so it is very unclear what is going to happen. i
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think there is a lot of stubbornness on both sides. i don't think the hong kong government want to look weak, but we are going to hear from carrie lam in a few minutes, she will give a press conference. sol guess we will see what she says and maybe have some more insight into what will happen next. thank you very much indeed. asia correspondence for buzz feed news. thank you for being with us. we are expecting a news conference with carrie lam in the next three minutes. in the meantime. claudia mo is a journalist and hong kong legislative council member who has been very close to what has been happening. she's been giving me her reaction to this evening's momentous events. those live pictures you are seeing are the very shocking, and the unexpected, but i also wish the world would understand the hong kong
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young people. the very bottled up anger and resentment and the hostility in particular at this legislature. because it isjust being a rubber—stamping body all these years. democrats are always outnumbered because of our very twisted election system. and they would probably also remember that since our last legislative election, up since our last legislative election, up to six, half a dozen of our democratic lawmakers, were kicked out of the legislature. they were disqualified after the government managed to twist and bend the rules and laws and what have you. this is not a and laws and what have you. this is notafair and laws and what have you. this is not a fair system. in hong kong,
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under our very glamorous, this city is rotting away. because our freedoms are being taken a wee bit by bit. this is just not right. the young need to see a brighter future. they see this as 2019 at the moment, but it could be 20a7 by next year if we do not fight stop and so the pent—up frustration, they simply snapped today. and that is what you saw. in hong kong. we are seeing pictures of the protesters leaving the chamber once the riot police had arrived, they left voluntarily. i think to escape any kind of clash with the riot police. what would you make of the behaviour of these protesters?
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obviously, they are impassioned, very angry, clearly they have also done quite a lot of damage, a lot of graffiti on the building come on the walls and so on? nobody would endorse vandalism and they could be facing all kinds of criminal charges. illegal assembly, criminal damage, what have you. they are genuine young students and some of them actually took off their masks to talk to the press, to local press. this attitude that we have nothing to lose is fairly prevalent among them. that was claudia talking to me earlier on. our correspondent nick beake is in hong kong.
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you have been up for hours and hours, followed every twist and turn, went into the council chamber. extraordinary scenes. where are we now at the end of this momentous day you think? i think we have come full circle. this is when it all began more than 20ai was a goal when the protesters started to amass your outside the main assembly were the politicians come, and where the rule this particular place. but tonight, i say tonight, it is aam now. this is the legacy of this unprecedented day of violence in modern—day hong kong. these barriers were passed to the front, and these metal ones, look at this. that is an ironic sign. private property, keep out, as we know, they didn't. they took this particular route, strength in numbers. emboldened by the fact the police were not coming out to challenge them. so the protesters
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clad in black, and with these yellow helmets that we saw them where, this uniform that they have taken on in the past few weeks. they arrived here and were finally able to make their way through the entrance of their way through the entrance of the building, and look, that speaks for itself. you got to the graffiti, the smashed glass, and it was through there that the protesters we re through there that the protesters were able to get up to the chamber, where we saw those really extraordinary scenes as they broke into that particular building. nick, we will be back with your life in a few moments. thank you very much indeed for that update. i want to show you the scene now where we are expecting the hong kong leader carrie lam to make a statement on the dramatic events we have had in the dramatic events we have had in the last few hours. she is going to be talking very soon, in the next three minutes, and we will bring that to you live here on bbc news. but as nicosia, it has been a day when those protesters,, they stormed
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the legislative committee to council building and we'll see what the leader of hong kong says in the next few minutes. you are watching bbc news. nick, carrie lam, the ball is in her court. what will she say after this day which was effectively after this day which was effectively a huge challenge to the authorities of hong kong, the police of hong kong and also the authorities in beijing? it is hard to believe that the day started yesterday as it is here, on the 1st ofjuly, with applause for carrie lam. as she made her way into the ceremony at eight o'clock in the morning. where she stood and sang the chinese national anthem. this was supposed to be a celebration marking the 22nd anniversary of the handover from british rule to chinese rule. but look at the weights panned out. deeply embarrassing for the powers that be. deeply embarrassing for
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beijing because they have backed carrie lam all the way. now what is she going to see? —— say? she has faced calls for resignation four weeks. she has remained tough, this is two years in her position as chief executive. she has rejected pressure to stand down. it is a difficult game predicting what happens next year in hong kong. we have had a statement, an extremely strong statement from the powers that be in the last few hours also condemning the actions here. well she ran that message home? that what we have seen today, what the world has seen today, is unacceptable and flies in the face of the principles of the rule of law today in hong kong? how well she win back public opinion and trust? it is a tough job. very briefly, i suppose the protesters, have then someone crossed the river can —— rubicon?
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you could certainly argue that, many people started today with no way of knowing what might have happened here. but i think in terms of crossing the rubicon, that may well happen. where did it take things now, where did they take this movements now? they have threatened to come back day after day, well they keep their word, what will they do, these are unprecedented, tense and difficult times for the city of hong kong. thank you very much indeed make. nick has been reporting in hong kong for the last how many hours? a0 hours? anyway i won't ask you to calculate that, but nick has been there throughout the day for those dramatic events inside the legislative council. more from hong kong later but let us look at the weather.
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fine weather heading your way this week. some patchy cloud developing, very unlikely to see high showers as high—pressure setting ever seen. this is what we had last week, but the highs are shifted and instead of pulling airfrom the the highs are shifted and instead of pulling air from the content we are pulling air from the content we are pulling air from the content we are pulling airfrom the pulling air from the content we are pulling air from the atlantica so back to average temperatures. actually a pleasantly fresh night going into the smaller was of tuesday. a few showers continuing across northern scotland. lows of nine to 12 degrees, perhaps as low as five or six in some rural spots of wales. tuesday dons, showers will continue on and off through the day across northern scotland. the patchy cloud will develop at times, temperatures will range from the high teens across the central belt of scotla nd high teens across the central belt of scotland to 22 in the south.
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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. hong kong is our focus after parliament is stormed by protestors. today is the 22nd anniversary of britain handing hong kong back to china. but what started with peaceful protest turned violent. the bbc‘s nick beake got into the parliament not long after the protestors left. this is extraordinary — to think that normally, this is the bustling, beating heart of the democratic process here in hong kong. but now it's completely defaced. out on the streets, the security forces fired tear gas and baton charged some of the tens of thousands of protestors. it's aam in the morning in hong kong, and in the next few minutes, chief executive carrie lam is going to speak.

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