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Violent clashes in Hong Kong as crowd protests extradition bill

As people massed outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, violent clashes erupted. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at those demonstrating against a proposed extradition bill, which has become a focus among those concerned about greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong.


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Protesters carry an injured friend after clashes with police during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong.

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Police face off with the crowds in Hong Kong. Earlier in the day, protesters forced the delay of a legislative debate over a controversial bill that would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial in mainland China.

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Police use tear gas on demonstrators, who carry umbrellas in a redux of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

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A protester flees tear gas fired by police during the Hong Kong rally.

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A woman gets first aid after tear gas is fired. 

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Many in the crowd donned surgical masks to safeguard against tear gas as well as to hide their features. Beijing is increasingly using electronic surveillance such as facial recognition technology to build dossiers on those it considers politically unreliable.

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Umbrella-toting protesters run after police fire tear gas. 

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Medical volunteers help a demonstrator. 

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Water is poured over the face of a protester suffering the effects of tear gas.

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