The Latest: Hong Kong pro-Beijing lawmakers slam violence

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, after hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong swarmed into the legislature's main building Monday night on the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. Lam condemned protesters who broke into the city's legislature and vandalized the building. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong have condemned the violence and vandalism of government facilities by protesters

HONG KONG — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong have condemned the violence and vandalism of government facilities by protesters.

Regina Ip, a former security secretary in the semi-autonomous territory, said such behavior was not acceptable in "civilized society."

She said there was nothing that could justify "the sort of violence we saw last night."

She and other lawmakers were protesting over the damage done to the legislative chamber by protesters who forced their way in late Monday as tens of thousands of people marched in the streets.

They also were urging the protesters to cool off and calm down after weeks of demonstrations over a government attempt to change extradition laws to allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.

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Chinese state media have run footage of police in Hong Kong clearing protesters from streets in a break with its silence over past days of pro-democracy demonstrations.

Footage aired Tuesday showed police moving into roads surrounding the legislative council, where protesters had smashed through glass and metal barriers to occupy the space for about three hours on Monday night.

Beijing had sought to suppress news of the weeks of protests coinciding with celebrations of Chinese rule. The demonstrations reflect mounting frustration with Hong Kong's leader for not responding to demands after several weeks of protests sparked by a government attempt to change extradition laws to allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.

Protesters vacated the chamber as police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside.

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