Apologies, we had up a post that said the group were beating the glass door with a pole again. That was actually from about half an hour ago, but was being rebroadcast and had been mistakenly captioned “live”.
Our reporter on the ground confirms that no one is beating the door now and we have taken that post down.
The lawmakers who are trying to stop the attempt to break into the council building are pushing back the metal recycling trolley that was being used to bash into the glass door.
Wu Chi Wai, chairman of the Democratic Party is refusing to let go of the trolley.
Our reporter Verna Yu is in front of the Legislative Council building, where protesters have gathered and in the last half an hour were attempting to storm the building, repeatedly smashing into the glass doors with a metal trolley and a metal pole.
She says the atmosphere is “very tense”.
Demonstrators have stopped trying to beat in the door, and it seems some among the protesters are trying to stop the group, including lawmakers Lam Cheuk Ting, Roy Kwong and Eddy Chu. Protesters are yelling at them and telling them to go away.
At one point the lawmakers resisted against the metal trolly used to smash against one of the legislature’s glass doors, using themselves as a human shield to prevent more damage to the building.
People restrained a man with a red helmet who was clinging to the same metal trolly, calling for calm. The lawmakers are repeating: “Don’t do it, don’t do it.”
They have been telling protesters to look at the policemen behind the glass. “What good will it do if they come out?”
Christy Choi reports that legislators from the pro-democracy camp and an independent lawmaker are standing between the protesters and the police.
Lawmaker Ted Hui told police not to come out to avoid further injuries.
It’s unclear how the standoff will be resolved, but some officers inside Legco have begun removing their helmets. Those in the front line, pressed up against the glass, have keep on full protective gear.
Independent lawmaker Eddie Chu is standing facing the police with two hands held up in the air. Legislators are using hand gestures, moving their hands downwards with open palms, to call for calm from both sides.
We’re seeing videos of deliveries of helmets and umbrellas arriving for the protesters and being passed to the front of the group, as well as barricades being moved toward the front of the group.
But the protesters seem to have stopped their attempts to break into the Legislative Council building for now.
The group are now standing up against the glass doors – rather than before, when the group had left a large gap in front of the door, that left room for the metal trolley to be pushed against the door. Some protesters at the front of the group are trying to talk to police through the glass.
It seems protesters have stopped ramming the glass doors for now, but there is still a large group of protesters standing outside the doors and a large group of police officers, in riot gear, standing on the other side of the glass door. It is tense.
Christy Choi, in Hong Kong, has sent this report:
A handful of protesters are ramming the glass door using a metal paper recycling trolly, cracking the glass on an entryway that lawmakers usually use to enter the legislative council building.
Lines of riot police are standing by right behind the glass panels. They’re holding up a red flag that says “stop charging or we use force”.
Civic Party’s Kwok Ka-ki and other Pan-democratic lawmakers were on site earlier asking both police and protesters not to resort to violence.
As today is a public holiday, no meetings are taking place. It’s unclear why the protesters are taking aim at the building.
Legislators Lok Yu Chung, Kwok Ka-ki and Fernando Cheung dressed in black have now come between the protesters and the building.
Police inside the Legislative Council building can be seen in footage bracing against the window with shields, as protesters gathered outside ram the glass door, which is cracked, with a metal trolley.
Some of the protesters are trying to stop the attempt to storm the building, standing in front of the trolley, but they are dragged away or tackled., when they try to stand int he way of the trolley.
Protesters try to break in to Legislative Council building
We’re seeing footage out of Hong Kong that shows protesters trying to break into the Legislative Council building.
It seems that a large group of protesters, holding umbrellas have gathered outside the Legislative Council building and are trying to break down the glass door of the building by ramming a metal trolley into it.
It seems that the group of protesters is divided about this tactic, with pro-democracy legislator Leung Yiu-chung trying to stand in the way of the trolley, before he was tackled by others in the group.
A very inflammatory image from the Hong Kong protests. Winnie the Pooh has become a lighthearted way for people across China to mock their president, Xi Jinping, who allegedly resembles the beloved bear.
In 2018, Chinese censors banned the release of Christopher Robin, a new film adaptation of AA Milne’s story about Winnie the Pooh, for fear of mocking the president.
Christy Choi in Hong Kong reports that Hong Kong police say 13 of their officers were injured and sent to hospital in this morning’s clashes.
They also told protesters to leave immediately, and warned the public to stay away from Wanchai and Admiralty for the time being.
It’s unclear how many protesters have been sent to hospital, though images on social media have shown several people being carried away on stretchers and treated by emergency services.
Public hospitals in recent weeks faced heavy criticism after media reported police were arresting protesters who had sought treatment for their injuries- on hospital premises.
The hospitals issued a statement after saying they would strictly protect patient confidentiality.
- Protesters have gathered in the streets of Hong Kong on the 22nd anniversary of the handover of the former British colony to China, where they were involved in tense standoffs with protesters, that occasionally turned violent.
- There are traditionally both pro- and anti-China protests on 1 July, but this year the protesters are expected to be much bigger and more heated in light of the fact that the city is in the grip of its biggest political crisis in decades.
- Protesters arrived in the early hours of the morning, carrying umbrellas and wearing masks. They have seized three key thoroughfares, deploying metal and plastic barriers to block the way.
- Police were involved in violent clashes with protesters, who report being beaten with batons and sprayed with pepper spray. Several people were taken away in ambulances.
- Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s leader, attended a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, which is traditionally held outdoors. This year it was held inside, ostensibly due to rain, but it is thought the protests may have also played a part.
- In her speech Lam referred to the protests, saying they had made her realise “the need to grasp public sentiments accurately”. She also said: “I am also fully aware that while we have good intentions, we still need to be open and accommodating.”
- After the ceremony concluded, police retreated and the atmosphere in the streets became more relaxed.
- The sanctioned protest is due to be held at 2:30 local time (in about three hours) and thousands are expected to take to the streets.
We’re going to pause the blog for now, but will kick things off again when action starts up again in the afternoon. Our full story is here.