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Hong Kong crisis deepens as China extradition bill moves forward

Protesters take to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday calling for authorities to scrap a proposed extradition bill with China. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

June 11 - The Washington Post

HONG KONG — Police cordoned off Hong Kong’s main legislative complex Tuesday as thousands of protesters streamed past in a show of resolve amid a deepening crisis over a proposed law that would allow for extraditions to mainland China.

But Hong Kong lawmakers — controlled by a pro-Beijing bloc — planned to move ahead with the bill despite calls by opponents for more marches and widespread strikes.

The showdown cuts to the core of tensions in the former British colony: How much can Beijing set the rules in a place with a history of relative independence, a separate legal code and greater freedoms?

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