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Hong Kong police move to clear protesters from streets

Police clear Hong Kong's streets.
Police arrive to clear a road in Hong Kong early. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong police were clearing streets of protesters after hundreds spent the night near the city government headquarters following the previous day's huge demonstrations against a proposed bill to extradite charged citizens to mainland China, AP reports.

Details: After an hours-long standoff, the demonstrators — many in gas masks after officers fired tear gas at them in Wednesday's clashes — moved to a park and plaza near the government, per AP. They continued to call for the resignation of Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, who suspended the bill that she supported indefinitely. She's apologized, but protesters are concerned she may reintroduce it, according to Reuters.

eople walk past a wall covered in messages and posters in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019.
A wall covered in protest messages. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters sleep on a road as they rally against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019.
Protesters sleep on a road. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters stand off with police as police officers attempt to clear the road after a demonstration against the now-suspended extradition bill on June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong China.
Protesters stand firm as police try to clear the road. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
 Police officers clear barricades as they attempt to clear the road after a demonstration against the now-suspended extradition bill on June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong police officers clear barricades. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters sleep on a highway after a demonstration against the now-suspended extradition bill on June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong China.
Protesters who spent the night on a highway after the latest mass rally. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

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