A large amount of scuffles erupted overnight in Hong Kong as protestors tried to break in to the city’s legislature, hours a after authorities took their first few steps to dislodge demonstrators from their camps, in these weeks.
Some pro-democracy protestors started to gather late Tuesday night around the Legislative Council building, trying to rally support from larger groups of protestors at the main protest site in Admiralty to occupy the building of law makers, from going in the next day.
However, as the doors have been locked to the building, the group of protestors tried smashing a glass door and windows with bricks and also destroyed the metal barricades in the driveway of the legislature, where dozens of tents were pitched for people. Though, protestors did not move into the building, but the government has cancelled its morning meeting due to the overnight unrest and to avoid any casualties.
The actions mark an important step in the violence after weeks of near inaction from protestors and the government could further eradicate public support for the movement, which has caught attention from pro-democracy protestors. They are looking to occupy three areas in Hong Kong for more than 50 days. The protestors have not won any concessions on their demand of full public nomination for the chief executive post in 2017. All this was done to be able to vote for candidates screened in Beijing elections.
On Tuesday, everything was peaceful during the day, but later on protestors assisted authorities in removing some barricades.