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Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets over extradition bill; police respond with tear gas


Protesters run from tear gas fired by police Wednesday during a massive demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung/AP)


June 12 -- The Washington Post


HONG KONG — Hong Kong descended into scenes of crackdowns and defiance Wednesday as demonstrators occupied main boulevards and faced down tear gas and rubber bullets in a widening crisis over a bill that would allow extraditions to China.


The unfolding images across the global financial hub — violent street battles, drivers abandoning vehicles and blocking roads in a show of solidarity — suggested both sides were digging in during another potentially pivotal moment for the former British colony.


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