A million people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, protesting against a bill that would allow the Chinese government to extradite people to China for trial. Beijing had previously allowed Hong Kong to keep its own legal system.
Critics of the extradition bill say the law will mean Hong Kong residents would be forced to face China’s less transparent legal system.
Protest organizers say 1 million people took part in the demonstrations, while the police estimated 240,000 protesters were on the streets.
Protesters built barricades as they tried to occupy roads near Hong Kong’s legislature.
Hong Kong police attacked protesters with pepper spray. The department says nearly 360 extradition bill protesters could face arrest.
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, vowed to press ahead with the extradition bill despite the historic protests.
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