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Mass protests in Hong Kong
Protestors fill the streets of Hong Kong. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Hongkongers have won — for now — in their protests against an extradition law that drew a violent police response against crowds that reportedly numbered in the millions.

Driving the news: Earlier today, the city's head of police backed down from an earlier attempt to characterize protesters as rioters, according to the South China Morning Post. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam apologized yesterday for the extradition bill, withdrawing but not killing the China-friendly effort.

Hong Kong protester leaves prison, calls on leader Carrie Lam to resign

 Joshua Wong is freed from prison.
Joshua Wong, who rose to prominence in the 2014 pro-democracy protetsts. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong's most prominent student activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison Monday and called for the resignation of leader Carrie Lam, vowing to join the protest movement against the controversial extradition bill, the BBC reports.