A police officer stands guard as pro-democracy protesters march, Dec. 1. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Thousands of people in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday in a show of thanks to Congress and President Trump for passing and signing a law supporting their cause last week. Riot police responded with canisters of tear gas and rubber bullets after demonstrators threw bricks and smoke bombs, AP reports.

The big picture: The marches ended a brief lull in demonstrations after the region held elections for its district council, which saw pro-democracy candidates win a landslide victory. Some protesters said the marches were necessary to pressure city leader Carrie Lam to make concessions, as she has only accepted one of their five demands thus far — the withdrawal of the extradition bill that set off the months-long crisis.

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A protester holds a sign, Dec. 1. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
A protester wearing a Trump mask, Dec. 1. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
People march at the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Dec. 1. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images
People march at the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Dec. 1. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images
People march to the US Consulate in Hong Kong, Dec. 1. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

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