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Democrats accused Hong Kong's legislature Monday, broken glass doors and demolition of a metal wall that is part of the facade. Monday's action, driven by indignation at the girls' attempt to introduce a new extradition law, coincides with the 22th anniversary of Hong Kong's British-Chinese control.
"Tonight, the street strives with anger" both in Hong Kong's government and central leadership in Beijing, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.
Thousands of protesters hit the streets at the latest in a series of big protests, almost all wearing black clothes. Many marched peacefully or gathered in public parks. Many protesters had yellow hard hats and face masks – Protection against possible retaliation.
Some of the demonstrators targeted the building in Hong Kong's largest government complex, overturning barriers and attempted to hit through glass doors – which crushed and shattered but remained largely intact. Protesters then began to attack the dozens of tall, thin metal rods that make up a fence on the exterior wall of the building.
The Riot police were right inside the building and held weapons and promised to arrest anyone coming in, the South China Morning Post reports. The inserted pepper spray, according to witnesses.
Demonstrations effectively dried out a celebration marking the 1997 transfer from Hong Kong to China. This event centered on a fluttering ceremony – but the civil unrest forced the officials to take the rare step of moving most of the fortress indoors, where leaders and VIPs were watched as the flag was raised on television as . Morgenpost .
In an earlier clash, the police had diverted protesters trying to march against the party room, according to The Associated Press.
Weeks of massive protests had already forced Hong Kong's CEO Carrie Lam to apologize and suspend the extradition bill – which would allow Hong Kong people accused of certain crimes to be tried on Chinese mainland channels. But activists say it's not enough. Lack of faith in the Beijing-backed Lam renewed the calls for direct democracy in Hong Kong. As Lam spoke on Monday, she repeated her admission that she hadn't handled the legislation well.
The extradition flap has also raised concerns that Hong Kong's civil liberties are being eroded under the same conditions that exist in mainland China.  "China has no freedom. And even Hong Kong now has no freedom," said a 72-year-old protest advocate, Mrs Luo, to NPR's McCarthy. "They have extended their arms to Hong Kong."
Another protest spoke to Adrian Ma from the member state WBUR. Megan Lee, 17, said she had not previously been politically aware – even though the dispute over the extradition bill has changed.
"There is more anger that builds me within me about these issues," Lee said. "And if I have a chance to express it, I want it to be a chance to take it now."
Ma reports that the young protesters "say she will talk now because she is not sure she is getting it right in the future."
As night, thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong, held their cell phones in the air and used the phone screens to light up the streets.