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https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/06/12/Hong-Kong-protest-Council-delays-reading-of-controversial-bill-as-protesters-clog-streets-near-legislature/2711560314723/

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Thousands of protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong forced lawmakers Wednesday to postpone the second reading of a controversial extradition bill that has tensions on high on the island.

Lawmakers were scheduled to have a second reading of a bill that would allow for some criminal suspects to be turned over to Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China at 11 a.m. but the Legislative Council said in a brief statement that it would be postponed to "a later time" as protesters choked streets around the building demanding for the law to be withdrawn while creating piles of bricks extracted from sidewalks near the site.

 

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who had massed outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory.

The afternoon violence marked a major escalation in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's biggest political crisis in years. It came after protesters earlier in the day forced the delay of a legislative debate over the bill, which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial in mainland China.

The overwhelming young crowd had overflowed onto a major downtown road as they overturned barriers and tussled with police outside the government building. But when some appeared to have breached the police cordon around the building, the police launched their response, which also included firing nonlethal projectiles.

 

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Update, police are firing bean bags at protestors during the second day of mass protests as they claim the protestors are "growing violent."

 

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I wonder if there exists a point where Beijing would directly intervene or if that is too unthinkable even for them?

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8 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

I wonder if there exists a point where Beijing would directly intervene or if that is too unthinkable even for them?

 

I hope the protesters left their Winnie the Pooh signs at home. :s

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8 minutes ago, SFLUFAN said:

I wonder if there exists a point where Beijing would directly intervene or if that is too unthinkable even for them?

I think the plan was to do it quietly while nobody was looking but there is a greater chance they'll just accelerate it. 

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Also the masks are dual-purpose: to mitigate tear gas as well as prevent facial-recognition systems from identifying them 

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