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Tens of thousands of protesters force delay in Hong Kong extradition bill debate

Updated : June 12, 2019 02:03 PM IST

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators surrounded the Chinese-ruled city's legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone a second round of debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators surrounded the Chinese-ruled city's legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone the second round of debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Tens of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators surrounded the Chinese-ruled city's legislature on Wednesday, forcing it to postpone the second round of debate on an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
The protesters, most of them young people dressed in black, erected barricades as they prepared to hunker down for an extended occupation of the area, in scenes reminiscent of pro-democracy
The protesters, most of them young people dressed in black, erected barricades as they prepared to hunker down for an extended occupation of the area, in scenes reminiscent of pro-democracy "Occupy" protests that gridlocked the former British colony in 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Protesters rallied in and around Lung Wo Road, a main east-west artery near the offices of embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as hundreds of riot police, some armed with batons and plastic shields, warned them to stop advancing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Protesters rallied in and around Lung Wo Road, a main east-west artery near the offices of embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as hundreds of riot police, some armed with batons and plastic shields, warned them to stop advancing. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Lawmakers Jeremy Tam and Alvin Yeung of the Hong Kong Civic Party speak in front of a row of riot police officers during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Lawmakers Jeremy Tam and Alvin Yeung of the Hong Kong Civic Party speak in front of a row of riot police officers during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A demonstrator sits down in front of riot police during a demonstration to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A demonstrator sits down in front of riot police during a demonstration to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Opposition to the bill on Sunday triggered Hong Kong's biggest political demonstration since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Opposition to the bill on Sunday triggered Hong Kong's biggest political demonstration since its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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