Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong blocked key roads early Monday morning as part of a mass planned pro-democracy rally on the anniversary of the city’s handover to China.

The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen widespread protests in recent weeks over a controversial extradition bill that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.

More than a million protesters took to the streets of the city twice last month calling for the bill to be scrapped.

Pro-China Chief Execuitve Carrie Lam was forced to shelved the controversial bill but the protesters are demanding her resignation.

AFP reporters on the scene saw at least three major thoroughfares siezed by young, masked demonstrators who used metal and plastic barriers to blockade the streets.

Rows of riot police with helmets and shields were facing protesters at Fenwick Pier Street but were not moving on protesters as dawn rose over the financial hub.

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