At the scene: The day Hong Kong witnessed 2 faces of a protest

Hundreds of protesters stormed the Legislative Council building, leaving a trail of destruction as they made their way into the legislative chamber.
Hundreds of protesters stormed the Legislative Council building, leaving a trail of destruction as they made their way into the legislative chamber.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Protesters and members of the media inside the vandalised legislative chamber of the LegCo building yesterday evening. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Protesters and members of the media inside the vandalised legislative chamber of the LegCo building yesterday evening.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

On one side, a peaceful march by hundreds of thousands; on the other, a violent storming

Just two streets down from where hundreds of thousands of protesters were holding a peaceful march, another group was forcing their way past police guards and lawmakers attempting to mediate with the mob to get into the Legislative Council (LegCo) building.

After smashing through a glass window, they ripped poles from a fence to break through a metal security shutter. Hundreds then stormed the building, leaving a trail of destruction as they made their way into the legislative chamber.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'The day HK witnessed 2 faces of a protest'. Print Edition | Subscribe