On Tuesday evening, protesters arrived in front of the Legislative Council buildings, where they were greeted with a heavy police presence and pickpockets. By Wednesday morning, tens of thousands of mostly young people had arrived in the area, blocking the roads and bringing down the center of Hong Kong.
Up to 5,000 policemen in protective clothing were deployed to guard the building. On Wednesday morning, police fired a water cannon at a demonstrator and peppered others with pepper spray. Protesters wore helmets, goggles and work gloves and pulled stones from the sidewalks.
Hundreds of businesses, parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and school on Wednesday to demonstrate their rejection of the bill.
"Hong Kong is angry"
"The people of Hong Kong are angry," Democratic Party High Level Legislator James To said Tuesday. "Despite the peaceful rally of one million people in Hong Kong, our CEO simply ignored the voice of the people."
Sunny Chan, an 18-year-old street street protester said Wednesday she was "angry" that the government was protesting ignored on Sunday. "Today we prefer to go to the front and protest and try to protect my freedom," she said. 23-year-old protégé Marco Leung said there would be no difference between Hong Kong and China if the law were passed.
"We are not China," said Leung. "The police should protect the citizens, not the government."
CNNs Ben Westcott and James Griffiths contributed to this report from Hong Kong.