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Hong Kong protests: Updates and latest on city's political unrest - CNN

June 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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HONG KONG, CHINA - 2019/06/16: Protesters marched through the streets of Hong Kong during the mass rally, which called for, among other demands, the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Some used the lights on their phones to symbolize candles in order to respect to a person who fell from a scaffolding the day before after hanging an anti-extradition law banner. Despite the Chief Executive Carrie Lam's attempt to ease the heightened tension by agreeing to suspend the controversial bill, close to 2 million people participated in Sunday's rally, according to the organizers. The protesters called for the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, the release and non-prosecution of the people arrested due to the cause, investigation of whether excessive force had been used by the police on June 12, and the resignation of Carrie Lam. (Photo by Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Since June 2019, Hong Kong has seen months of non-stop protests and unrest which show no sign of stopping.

Protests began in June when millions came out to oppose a controversial bill that would have allowed extradition from Hong Kong to China.

Many are now calling for greater democracy and an inquiry into allegations of policy brutality. As the protests have continued, they have grown more violent and disruptive, posing a challenge to the city's government and Beijing not seen since Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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