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Protests in Hong Kong turn violent, police fire tear gas

Hong Kong police started firing tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters that have gathered in front of the government's headquarters, blocking the entry on Wednesday. Explosions and tear gas smoke have been reported in the area where the territory's Legislative Council and the local assembly are situated.

The citizens went out in the streets to protest against the new legislation that was proposed by the local authorities, which would allow criminals to be extradited to mainland China. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people joined the demonstrations in an attempt to delay the proposal amid fears that the new bill will put Hong Kong's legal independence in jeopardy.

"Due to a large crowd blocking areas around the Legislative Council building, the President of Legislative Council ordered to delay the meeting to another time," said the territory's Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung.

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