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At least 72 injured in latest wave of Hong Kong mass protests

Protesters clash with police. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters clash with police. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Demonstrators protesting a proposed extradition bill have been clashing with Hong Kong police, fending off rubber bullets, tear gas and high-pressure water hoses well into Wednesday night, AP and Reuters report.

What's new: As of 10 p.m. local time, the Hong Kong government has confirmed 72 injuries, including 21 police officers, BBC reports.

Details: Tens of thousands of mostly young protesters stormed a key Hong Kong road near government offices earlier, causing authorities to the delay the bill that was due to be debated at the legislature, per AP. Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam backs the measure despite the large-scale pushback and concerns from the Trump administration.

The big picture: The last large-scale protests in Hong Kong took place during the 2014 Occupy Central and Umbrella Movement, where hundreds of thousands protested against a "white paper" change to the long-standing "one country, two systems" policy.

Hong Kong officer yelling
Police officers charge toward protesters. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
A police officer uses pepper spray
A police officer uses pepper spray. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters throw back a tear gas canister fired by police during a rally.
Protesters throw back a tear gas canister fired by police. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters shelter under umbrellas during a downpour as they occupy roads near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. - Tens of thousands of protesters paralysed central Hong Kong.
The protesters are mostly young people, according to journalists and photographers on the scene. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters occupy the roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters in Hong Kong.
Demonstrators occupy the roads near the Legislative Council and government headquarters. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters block roads during a rally outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.
Protesters block roads outside the government headquarters. Photo: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers use a water canon on a lone protestor near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.
Police fire water at a protester. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
Protestors occupy two main highways near the government headquarters in Hong Kong.
Protestors occupy two main highways near the government headquarters. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
In this image, a line of protestors face a line of police on a road in Hong Kong.
Protesters face off with police after they fired tear gas. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images