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Hundreds of thousands march in Hong Kong to protest China extradition bill

Updated : 2019-06-10 10:12:32

Hong Kong was plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after more than half a million people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. Organisers said the turnout outstripped a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 hit the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws.

Hong Kong  plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after more than half a million people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Hong Kong  plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after more than half a million people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators pick up railings during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators pick up railings during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Riot police officers gesture in front of a man with a child during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Riot police officers gesture in front of a man with a child during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Protesters charged police lines to try to force their way into the Legislative Council building, and police charged back, using pepper spray, after warning the protesters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Protesters charged police lines to try to force their way into the Legislative Council building, and police charged back, using pepper spray, after warning the protesters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
The former British colony was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997 amid guarantees of autonomy and various freedoms including a separate legal system, which many diplomats and business leaders believe is the city's strongest remaining asset. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
The former British colony was handed back to Chinese rule in 1997 amid guarantees of autonomy and various freedoms including a separate legal system, which many diplomats and business leaders believe is the city's strongest remaining asset. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
The unusually broad opposition to the rendition bill displayed on Sunday came amid a series of government moves to deepen links between southern mainland China and Hong Kong. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
The unusually broad opposition to the rendition bill displayed on Sunday came amid a series of government moves to deepen links between southern mainland China and Hong Kong. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Organisers said the turnout outstripped a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 hit the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Organisers said the turnout outstripped a demonstration in 2003 when 500,000 hit the streets to challenge government plans for tighter national security laws. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Police officers detain protesters during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/James Pomfret
Police officers detain protesters during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. REUTERS/James Pomfret
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