The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen historic protests in recent weeks over a controversial extradition bill [File: Kin Cheung/AP Photo]

Police in Hong Kong have used pepper spray and batons to disperse protesters, who blocked key roads on Monday morning as part of a mass planned pro-democracy rally on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen historic protests in recent weeks over a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

More than a million protesters took to the streets of the city twice last month calling for the bill to be scrapped permanently.

Pro-China Chief Execuitve Carrie Lam was forced to shelve the controversial bill last month due

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