Demonstrators attend a protest to demand authorities scrap a proposed extradition bill with China, in Hong Kong, China yesterday. -Reuters
Riot police have clashed with protesters in Hong Kong after hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets in a massive demonstration against a proposed extradition law.Critics say the proposed law will allow mainland China to pursue its political opponents in the city, which has traditionally been a safe haven from the Communist party.
A largely peaceful scene outside the parliament and government headquarters in the Admiralty business district changed dramatically in the early hours of Monday as police wearing riot gear moved in with batons and pepper spray on protesters who hurled bottles and metal barricades.
Organizers say there were one million protesters, which would make it the biggest march since the 1997 handover. Police say 240,000 were at their peak.
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