Fresh protests rock Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has plunged into chaos again as protesters rallied outside the justice secretary's offices, blocking roads and forcing workers to leave in the latest unrest to rock the city.

Millions have thronged the streets in the past three weeks to demand that a now- suspended extradition bill, which would allow criminal suspects to be sent to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, be scrapped altogether.

Riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-handed police crackdown at a protest earlier this month.Credit:AP

"I think this movement is very successful because this time the goal is very clear," one protester, Ken Yau said on Thursday, drawing a contrast with Hong Kong's 2014 democracy movement that gridlocked parts of the Asian financial centre for 79 days.

In sweltering heat of 32 degrees C, some protesters chanted, "Withdraw evil law, release martyrs … Teresa Cheng, come out," referring to the justice secretary.


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