The Latest: Hong Kong pro-Beijing lawmakers slam violence

Police officers spray pepper spray as protesters use a cart to ram into the glass wall of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Monday, July 1, 2019. The embattled leader of Hong Kong pledged Monday to be more responsive to public sentiment, as police faced off with protesters on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return to China. (Steve Leung/HK01 via AP)
Police officers stand guard outside Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Hundreds of protesters swarmed into Hong Kong's legislature Monday night, defacing portraits of lawmakers and spray-painting pro-democracy slogans in the chamber before vacating it as riot police cleared surrounding streets with tear gas and then moved inside. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters take part in a rally on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Hong Kong. Combative protesters tried to break into the Hong Kong legislature Monday as a crowd of thousands prepared to start a march in that direction on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return to China. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters gather inside the meeting hall of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Monday, July 1, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature's main building Friday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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)
Protesters put a Hong Kong colonial flag and deface the Hong Kong logo at the Legislative Chamber after break in to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, July 1, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A worker cleans up the main entrance outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature's main building Monday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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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Noon

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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