Lawmakers in Hong Kong on Wednesday postponed a scheduled debate on an extradition bill after tens of thousands of demonstrators stormed a road near government offices. The demonstrators gathered peacefully outside the Chinese-ruled city's legislature before chaos erupted. Some protesters charged police with umbrellas. Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the crowd. Opposition to the bill, which would let authorities send suspects for trials in mainland China, triggered a massive protest last weekend described as the biggest political demonstration since the Asian financial hub was transferred from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed calls to resign and vowed to continue pressing forward with the legislation.

Scroll for 5 things you
need to know now