Watch Livestream: Hong Kong protesters smash windows at legislature in new chaos

Protesters used a metal trolley to try to storm Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building on Monday, and smashed windows in a fresh wave of demonstrations that have plunged the Chinese-ruled city into political turmoil. 

Protesters also hoisted a black flag near a Hong Kong flag, both at half-mast, at the council complex, as the city marked the 22nd handover anniversary to China from Great Britain.

Thousands of protesters faced off with riot police earlier on Monday, the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule, ahead of an annual rally that was expected to draw huge crowds amid widespread anger over a controversial extradition bill.

Opponents of the now-suspended extradition bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, fear it is a threat to Hong Kong's much-cherished rule of law and are demanding it be scrapped and Chinese-appointed leader Carrie Lam step down.