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Hong Kong protesters occupy parliament building, spray graffiti

Protesters in Hong Kong breached the city’s parliament building, partially occupying the structure after violent clashes with police. US President Donald Trump appeared to endorse the unrest as being “all about democracy.”

The demonstrators used a metal trolley to break into the Hong Kong Legislative Council building after a standoff with riot police on Monday afternoon, smashing windows and eventually entering the building.

Police tried unsuccessfully to push back the demonstrators, but were forced to either retreat somewhere inside the council building or abandon it altogether as protesters streamed in.

Inside the chamber, demonstrators tore down portraits of the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping. The dissidents also scrawled political slogans across everything in sight, walls and floors included.

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