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What’s happening in Hong Kong? Scenes from the biggest protests in half a decade.

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Hong Kong saw its biggest protests in five years on June 9, with an estimated 1 million people taking to the streets to challenge a new bill that would allow extraditions to China. On Saturday, the measure was put on hold, but not fully withdrawn. Opponents pledge to keep up the pressure with more demonstrations.

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Critics say the bill would effectively apply China’s justice system and harsh rules against dissent to the people of Hong Kong — meaning possibly stricter sentences for those extradited to China.

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Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday.

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A protester holds up a yellow umbrella.

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The protests continued on Sunday evening.

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Quickly, the protests turned violent.

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Hong Kong police officers clashed with protesters in the early hours of Monday.

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Police officers clashed with protesters.

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A protester wailed as the protests turned violent.

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By Tuesday, thousands of protesters had surrounded the city’s legislative offices and set up camp for the night. Tensions continued to escalate Wednesday — the day the legislature was due to take up another round of votes on the extradition bill. Bowing to public pressure, the president of the legislature postponed that vote. A final vote on the measure is expected by June 20.

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Protesters march in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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Protesters shield themselves with umbrellas against pepper spray used by the police.

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Protesters face off with police on Wednesday.

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Police advance toward protesters.

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Protesters occupy a road as they attend a rally against the controversial extradition law.

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As Wednesday’s clashes turned violent, police in riot gear used pepper spray, tear gas, water cannons and batons to push back crowds that had broken down barricades outside Legislative Council buildings.

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“We are trying to tell the government that the more they suppress us, the more we will fight back,” said Justin Tang, an airline employee.

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Police officers fire tear gas.

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Protesters stand guard to block a street near the government headquarters.

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A protester gestures during a demonstration.

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Protesters occupy major roads in Hong Kong.

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People hold up posters during a "mums protest" on Friday.

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People hold up smartphone lights and posters during a "mums protest" on Friday.

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People walk past placards pasted on a wall near the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong.

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