Riot police stand guard with their shields outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong [Anthony Wallace/AFP]

Hong Kong braced for mass strikes on Wednesday – its second since Sunday’s “million march” – as the city’s Legislative Council prepares to debate a controversial extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Security has been tightened in and around the legislature building, with riot police deployed in some areas, as thousands of people are expected to join the protesters on Wednesday as businesses across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory prepared to go on strike.

The bill, which has generated unusually broad opposition at home and abroad, is due for a second round of debate on Wednesday in Hong Kong’s 70-seat Legislative Council.

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