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HKFP Lens: Hong Kong police HQ besieged by protesters following long day of dissent – Part I

Anti-extradition bill protesters surrounded Hong Kong’s police headquarters on Friday following day-long occupations of streets and government buildings in Admiralty and Wanchai.

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Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Protesters and student groups had promised an “escalation” of their actions, after the government failed to meet their demands by 5pm on Thursday.

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Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

The demands included the total withdrawal of the suspended extradition bill, the rescinding of rioting charges against protesters arrested during clashes in Admiralty on June 12, and accountability for alleged police brutality.

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Morning occupation of Harcourt Road. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

Sporadic road occupations took place at Admiralty’s Harcourt Road, and as far east as Wanchai’s Revenue Tower and Immigration Tower, before crowds converged upon the police headquarters in the afternoon.

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Morning occupation of Harcourt Road. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

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Morning occupation of Harcourt Road. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

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Morning occupation of Harcourt Road. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

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Morning occupation of Harcourt Road. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

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Photo: Isaac Yee.

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Scenes outside police headquarters. Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

The police closed the gates to their headquarters, which was encircled by protesters.

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The beginning of the encirclement of the police headquarters. Photo: Dan Garrett.

A police vehicle was briefly trapped outside the complex.

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Photo: Dan Garrett.

Anti-extradition protest Friday June 21

Photo: Dan Garrett.

Anti-extradition protest Friday June 21

Photo: Dan Garrett.

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The moment when police closed the gates to the complex. Photo: Dan Garrett.

Anti-extradition protest Friday June 21

Photo: Dan Garrett.

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Photo: Todd R. Darling/HKFP.

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Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Continue to Part II.


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HKFP Lens: Hong Kong police HQ besieged by protesters following long day of dissent - Part I