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In pictures: Hong Kong plunged into political crisis after huge protest against extradition law

Updated : June 10, 2019 09:55 AM IST

Hong Kong was plunged into a fresh political crisis on Sunday night after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to thwart a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. After seven hours of marching, organisers estimated 1,030,000 people took part, far outstripping a demonstration in 2003 when half that number hit the streets to successfully challenge government plans for tighter national security laws. A police spokesman said police estimated 240,000 were on the march "at its peak". Sunday's outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing. "She has to withdraw the bill and resign," veteran Democratic Party lawmaker James To told crowds gathering outside the city's parliament and government headquarters in the Admiralty business district on Sunday night.

Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators attend a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators attend a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
After seven hours of marching, organisers estimated 1,030,000 people took part, far outstripping a demonstration in 2003 when half that number hit the streets to successfully challenge government plans for tighter national security laws. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
After seven hours of marching, organisers estimated 1,030,000 people took part, far outstripping a demonstration in 2003 when half that number hit the streets to successfully challenge government plans for tighter national security laws. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, and placards during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, and placards during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
 Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" data-original="https://images.cnbctv18.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-09T142012Z_3_LYNXNPEF5806J_RTROPTP_4_HONGKONG-EXTRADITION.jpg" > Sunday's outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of<span class= Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" title="Sunday's outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu">
Sunday's outpouring was already raising the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
 Hong Kong's legal autonomy and the difficulty of ensuring basic judicial protections in mainland China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" data-original="https://images.cnbctv18.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-09T142012Z_3_LYNXNPEF5806K_RTROPTP_4_HONGKONG-EXTRADITION.jpg" > The demonstration capped weeks of growing outrage in the business, diplomatic and legal communities, which fear corrosion of<span class= Hong Kong's legal autonomy and the difficulty of ensuring basic judicial protections in mainland China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" title="The demonstration capped weeks of growing outrage in the business, diplomatic and legal communities, which fear corrosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy and the difficulty of ensuring basic judicial protections in mainland China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu">
The demonstration capped weeks of growing outrage in the business, diplomatic and legal communities, which fear corrosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy and the difficulty of ensuring basic judicial protections in mainland China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Demonstrators hold yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, during a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
 Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" data-original="https://images.cnbctv18.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-09T142012Z_3_LYNXNPEF5808N_RTROPTP_4_HONGKONG-EXTRADITION.jpg" > 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<span class= Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu" title="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/Tyrone Siu">
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/Tyrone Siu
The genial crowd included young families pushing babies in prams as well as the elderly braving 32 degree C (90°F) heat, some spraying each other with water misters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
The genial crowd included young families pushing babies in prams as well as the elderly braving 32 degree C (90°F) heat, some spraying each other with water misters. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Protesters demonstrate at NSW State Library, against the proposed Hong Kong extradition law, in Sydney, Australia, June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Alison Bevege
Protesters demonstrate at NSW State Library, against the proposed Hong Kong extradition law, in Sydney, Australia, June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Alison Bevege
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