After a day of violent protests, Hong Kong starts to make arrests

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Officers repelled the protesters with pepper spray.

Despite government suspending anti-extradition bill the Law Society of Hong Kong is forced to issue statement on rule of law as protestors riot.

Five hours later, protesters smashed more windows and dismantled a towering metal grate protecting a section of the building, which was ordered closed and workers sent home.

Protesters have called on Lam to withdraw the bill, and to drop "rioting" charges laid against protesters after clashes with police on June 12 - and resign.

Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang chided Hunt, saying that only after Hong Kong's return to China did its people get an "unprecedented" guarantee about democracy and freedom.

Police estimated that 190,000 people had joined the peaceful march, the third major one in as many weeks.

While top officials attend a ceremony on 1 July every year to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China, a large anti-government protest also takes place on the same day. While protests are common each July 1, they've taken on renewed importance this year following weeks of demonstrations against legislation allowing extradition to mainland China.

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspended the bill on June 15 after some of the largest and most violent protests in the city in decades, but stopped short of protesters' demands to scrap it.

The uproar over the bill has reignited a protest movement that had lost steam after the failed 2014 demonstrations that led to the arrests of hundreds of activists. "I think that´s the principal thing that she was referring to".

Hong Kong police have said their investigations and operations are ongoing, and more people may be arrested.

Security guards pushed a pro-democracy lawmaker out of the room as she shouted at Lam to resign.

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" formula that allows it freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including freedom to protest and an independent judiciary.

Organizers said 550,000 turned out.

Jimmy Sham, a leader of the pro-democracy group that organized the march, told the crowd that Lam had not responded to their demands because she is not democratically elected.

"I am personally sympathetic to the great majority of the Hong Kong demonstrators and their motivation, but the hardcore elements and agitators involved are becoming increasingly desperate", said Vickers, who heads Steve Vickers and Associates, a political and corporate risk consultancy.

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Monday's protests began with tens of thousands of people marching in temperatures of around 33 degrees Celsius from Victoria Park in an annual rally. "She is protected by our flawed system".

At nearly every turn, slogans had been spray-painted on the walls in Chinese and English.

The area around Golden Bauhinia Square, where the flag-raising ceremony took place, was blocked off from Saturday to prevent protesters from gathering to disrupt it. Police used shields, batons and pepper spray to drive them back.

Daniel Yim, a 27-year-old investment banker, said both sides needed to sit down and work things out. "I don't know why the government is harming us".

"It will not only serve no objective, but will also severely hinder economic and social development", the ruling Communist Party's official paper said, denouncing what it called artificially created division and opposition.

Confrontation and lawlessness in Hong Kong could damage its reputation as an worldwide business hub and seriously hurt its economy, China's top newspaper, the People's Daily, said in an editorial.

China rejects all such statements as foreign interference.

Beijing said on Monday that Britain had no responsibility for Hong Kong any more and was opposed to its "gesticulating" about the territory.

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