Several injured as Hong Kong lawmakers fight over extradition law

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    Hong Kong lawmakers ended up in a fight this morning over planned changes to the law allowing suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

    Several persons were injured and one was taken to hospital as politicians clashed in the chamber.

    A pro-Beijing lawmaker called it “a sad day for Hong Kong”.

    Now critics believe the proposed switch to the extradition law would erode Hong Kong’s freedoms.

    But authorities are calling for the change to be able to extradite a murder suspect to Taiwan.

    There was tension this morning, with politicians swearing and jumping over tables, as they fought to control the microphone.

    Pro-democracy legislator Gary Fan collapsed and was carried out on a stretcher, while one pro-Beijing legislator was later seen with his arm in a sling.