Two pro-democracy lawmakers have been removed from Hong Kong's Legislative Council where a bill that would make disrespect of China's national anthem a criminal offence was being debated.
Tensions have ramped up in the global financial centre after Beijing proposed national security legislation that has stoked concerns over freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city.
Hong Kong police have fired pepper pellets and made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice anger over the laws.
Angry over perceived threats to the semi-autonomous city's freedoms, people of all ages took to the streets in scenes reminiscent of the unrest that shook Hong Kong last year.
Australian Associated Press