Hong Kong riot police early on Tuesday took back the city’s parliament from anti-government protesters who had stormed the building hours earlier, an AFP reporter inside the complex said.
Protesters had fled the building by the time riot police reached the sprawling government complex after firing tear gas rounds and baton-charging demonstrators in the streets outside.
In the end, officers were able to walk into the ransacked main chamber without meeting any resistance. Only around two dozen reporters were left inside.
Dozens of masked protesters stormed into the chambers after successfully breaching the complex’s reinforced glass windows, shouting slogans and spraying the city’s coat of arms with black paint.
A black and white banner hoisted in the chamber read in Chinese: “Bow to protect rule of law. Oppose extradition.”