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Hong Kong Locked in Extradition Stalemate After Protesters Face Tear Gas

  • Protesters opposed to China extradition bill clash with police
  • Demonstrations are largest since Umbrella Movement in 2014
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Protesters who have flooded downtown Hong Kong to stop the government’s proposed extradition law effectively present the city’s leaders with an ultimatum: back down, or risk violent clashes that could be worse than the Occupy movement in 2014.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the heart of the financial hub Wednesday, and some battled with riot police throughout the afternoon to prevent lawmakers from debating the bill. Overwhelmingly young, many protesters wore surgical masks to hide their identities and plastic goggles to ward off pepper spray, which police fired sporadically throughout the day, along with tear gas, rubber bullets and bean-bag rounds.