Hong Kong protesters gather ahead of extradition bill vote
Government officials in Hong Kong are bracing for a showdown as protesters and police face off ahead of Wednesday’s debate over changes allowing extradition to the Chinese mainland. Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the Legislative Council building, with police officers in riot gear stationed in the area. Police have closed off streets in the surrounding area amid online calls for protesters to gather and show their opposition. Local media reports said thousands of additional officers were being mobilised to keep order.