Extradition bill sparks Hong Kong protests

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A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.

Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Updated 12:08 PM ET, Mon July 1, 2019

A demonstrator sprays paint inside a chamber at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, where protesters forced their way in on Monday, July 1.

Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong on Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the former colony’s handover from Britain to China. July 1 has become an annual day of pro-democracy protests.

One group stormed the government headquarters, smashing glass doors and prizing open metal shutters to spray-paint slogans on the walls of the Legislative Council chamber.

Hong Kong has been roiled by protests in recent weeks over a proposed extradition bill. Up to 2 million people have marched, calling for the bill to be dropped, and police have clashed with protesters.

The bill, which would have enabled China to extradite fugitives from the city, has been met with widespread opposition, including from Hong Kong’s traditionally conservative business community.



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