Tensions hit a flashpoint on June 12, the day when the highly contentious extradition Bill was to be read a second time, as tens of thousands of protesters dressed in black surrounded the government headquarters in Admiralty, paralysing traffic in the area and cutting off access to the Legislative Council.
"Withdraw the evil bill, release the protesters, there were no riots, only a tyrannical government", protest leader Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) told the crowd.
Centaline Immigration Consultant general manager David Hui said he had received more inquiries in the past two to three months as controversy over the bill intensified.
Millions of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in some of the Chinese-ruled city's largest and most violent demonstrations in decades, forcing Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to suspend the bill indefinitely.
It urges the G20 to discuss the Hong Kong issue at the summit.
Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, it has been governed under a "one country, two systems" formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the liberty to protest and an independent judiciary.
Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong took over key roads early Monday morning of a mass planned pro-democracy rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China.
"To refuse to appear, to refuse to acknowledge a request and to refuse to make a decision is entirely irresponsible", Kwok said on Radio Television Hong Kong.
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Beijing denies interfering but for many Hong Kong residents a proposed extradition law, that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, is the latest step in a relentless march towards mainland control.
The PLA already has a garrison in Hong Kong, but its troops generally keep a low profile and are rarely seen in uniform in public.
"You know what everybody has deep in their hearts - is that this is about our future and it's very very personal", said 53-year-old Brian Kern, who was attending the protests.
A report from Sing Tao Dailycited an anonymous source from the Friends of Hong Kong Association, a pro-Beijing group, who said Lam had made it clear she would not be tendering her resignation anytime soon because the central government had her back. Global non-profit organizations have also condemned riot police's use of weapons against peaceful demonstrators and journalists on June 12.
He urged G20 leaders to discuss the issue, saying worldwide pressure could force China to change its stance toward the territory.
The failure of those protests to wrestle concessions on democracy, coupled with prosecutions of at least 100 protesters, majority young, had discouraged many activists from going back to the streets - until recent weeks.
The move reportedly came after Undercover shared an Instagram post endorsing protesters opposed to the Hong Kong government's controversial extradition bill.
Police waited them out before clearing out a few dozen remaining protesters at about 3am.