Hong Kong appears to have descended into complete political chaos with demonstrators smashing a glass window in an attempt to storm the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
“A red alert has been issued in the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) as protesters try to storm the building.
All people should now immediately leave the building, a government statement said. It is unclear who, besides the riot police, would still be inside at this point.
Protesters there have been smashing windows with metal objects since this afternoon and some have now entered a small part of the building.”
So reports CNN on a very tense political situation this 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China by Britain on the first of July 1997.
July 1st is usually their democracy day with peaceful marches held every year. So too today there is a largely peaceful march, but in what is being called parallel protests, young people are attempting to storm parliament.
They demand the immediate resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the withdrawal of an extradition bill to China which they fear would be used for political control.
In what is now a haze regarding their aim in storming parliament, some pictures have been shared of a more calm corner where water bottles carrying the Bitcoin Cash symbol are being given out for free.
Each water bottle has that same BCH logo on the front, while on the back it says these water bottles have been paid for by international donations of Bitcoin Cash.
There’s a QR code to donate, with some BCH supporters so showing their support for Hong Kong protestors.
The Chinese government has banned crypto exchanges, has made ICOs illegal in any form, and generally is very hostile towards this space.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, hosts a number of crypto related businesses and is generally very welcoming.
Yet in China there is a complete blackout on any coverage of these protests even though some have now entered a small part of the government building.