Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong against the extradition bill: 72 injured

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Hong Kong's police used rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to push back against protests over a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong today.

The bill, if adopted, according to the protesters, would allow China to suppress opponents and political critics in Hong Kong.

UPDATE: At least 72 injured during protests in Hong Kong.

At least 72 people, between the ages of 15 and 66, of whom at least two were in serious conditions, were hospitalized, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Information Bureau told CNN. Amnesty International said the use of force in Hong Kong is in violation of international law.

Police used rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to push back against protests over a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong today.

 

 

 

The new controversial bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial, bypassing Hong Kong’s judicial independence.

According to the demonstrators, more than one million people participated in the demonstration, according to the police, 240,000.

 

Carrie Lam, head of the Hong Kong government, pushed for the adoption of the bill before July.

Supporters say that safeguards are in place to prevent anyone exposed to religious or political persecution from being extradited to mainland China.

Moreover, extradition would lead suspects to be exposed to the Chinese judicial system, eroding the independence of the former British colony.

The protesters who marched wearing white clothes included students, businessmen, white-collar workers, activists, and religious groups.

At the conclusion of the march, several hundred protesters clashed with police in riot gear while trying to break into the legislative council complex.

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