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- On Sunday, Hong Kong saw its biggest protest in over five years, as an estimated 1 million demonstrators took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition law.
- The proposed legislation would allow extraditions from Hong Kong to China, which Hong Kong has not previously permitted.
- Critics say the law will significantly compromise Hong Kong’s legal independence, effectively extending China’s influence and applying its harsh judicial system to the people of Hong Kong.
- The protests have continued throughout the week, and have turned more violent. By Monday, police began clashing with protesters, and yesterday police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on a crowd gathered outside a government building.
- The fate of the extradition legislation following the protests is yet unknown. A vote has been scheduled for June 20th.