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Hong Kong: Clashes erupt at protest against Chinese extradition bill

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Police clashed with protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday after hundreds of thousands marched to oppose the government's proposed extradition bill, which would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. The demonstration turned violent outside the parliament and government headquarters in the Admiralty business district. Footage shows police attempting to disperse crowds and using pepper spray as tensions rose, and protesters throwing projectiles at the security forces. One officer was spotted with blood on his forehead. The protest organisers claim that some 1,030,000 people have participated in the march, making it one of the largest rallies in the past three decades. However, according to police, there were 240,000 people "at its peak." Critics fear that the proposed bill would undermine the city's rule of law and leave many vulnerable to extradition to China for political crimes.
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