Protests originally occured in Hong Kong in 2014, but ended after strong movements against them, as well as promises by the government. Protests, however, began again in 2016 after Beijing attempted to enforce new Restriction Laws. Originally peaceful protests, with few arrests, on the 18th July the protests experienced violence, with over 250 protestors, police and by-standers injured; two days later, 20 protestors were killed in further clashes. Finally, large scale violence began after footage of police beating unarmed protestors was released.
The 28th saw protestors storm an armoury and seize guns and anti-riot gear, amongst other equipment, with some reports even of some police defecting.
The Unrest took an organised turn on the 4th August, when the Provisional Democratic Government of Hong Kong was established, prompting China to declare a local State of Emegency, and to remove Leung Chun-ying from the HK SAR.
Events went further in the direction of the rioters after major defections occurred within the Police to the Provisional Government, and on the 26th August the Chinese Government authorised military action against the newly formed militias, with the first, small numbers landing on the 1st September in the New Territories. However, due to defensive planning, on the morning of the second they had been deflected, and on the 3rd RoC representatives met with the Provisional Government