HK Police clash with protesters

In Hong Kong, police have clashed with thousands of protesters who are opposed to amending the territory's extradition laws.

The standoff between police and protestors was largely peaceful until around 3 PM.

That's when demonstrators broke through barricades and tried to enter the legislature before being forced out.

Riot police advanced on the protesters, dispersing them using rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas.

Wednesday's unrest follows a massive demonstration on Sunday.

Organizers say more than one million people took to the streets to voice their opposition to the proposed bill.

It would allow Hong Kong officials to send suspects to mainland China to face trial.

Officials in Beijing showed their support for the amendment. A foreign ministry spokesperson said the protest runs against the local mainstream public opinion.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, "China's central government will continue its firm support for the Hong Kong government to push forward with its amendment."

The latest protest forced lawmakers to delay debating the bill by shutting down streets around the legislature. It's unclear when the debate will take place.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the legislation needs to pass.

A final vote is expected on June 20.