People walk on a street full of debris a day after a demonstration against a controversial extradition bill [Anthony Wallace/AFP]

The authorities in Hong Kong on Thursday closed government offices in the heart of the city after mass protests against a controversial extradition bill that would allow extradition of people to the Chinese mainland.

The embattled leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has described the protests as politically motivated “riots” and condemned protesters who resorted to “dangerous and life-threatening acts.”

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended the highly controversial bill, insisting the legal changes were crucial to the territory’s future.


Outside the Legislative Council and main government building where police used rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray into the night

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