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Huge protests in Hong Kong against extradition law changes

People in Hong Kong are protesting proposed changes to extradition law
People are protesting proposed changes to extradition law (Picture: Getty; AP)

Hundreds of thousands of people have hit the streets in Hong Kong to protest new laws which could see people extradited to mainland China.

Organisers said their initial estimates put the turnout at well over half a million people.

The amendments, which would allow some suspects to face trial on the mainland, are seen as eroding Hong Kongs judicial independence.

Under its one country, two systems framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

However, Chinas ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by forcing through unpopular legal changes.

The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but there were images of violence that appeared to show protesters clashing with police, and some being dragged away.

HONG KONG - JUNE 09: Protesters march on a street during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal on June 9, 2019 in Hong Kong. Organizers say more than a million protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday against a bill that would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial as tensions have escalated in recent weeks. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Organisers say more than half a million protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

Hong Kong police officers drag away a protester during a rally against proposed amendments to the extradition law at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police officers drag away a protester (Picture: AP)

A protester reacts as police officers clash with protesters in a rally against the proposed amendments to the extradition law at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

A protester reacts as police officers clash with protesters (Picture: AP)

A Hong Kong police officer with blood flowing down his face is assisted by his colleague after clashing with protesters in a rally against the proposed amendments to the extradition law at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong during the early hours of Monday, June 10, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concerns that this legislation would undermine the city's independent judicial system as it allows Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to the jurisdictions that the city doesn't currently have an extradition agreement with, including mainland China, where a fair trial might not be guaranteed. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

A Hong Kong police officer with blood flowing down his face is assisted by his colleague (Picture: AP)

Sundays outpouring was widely expected to raise the pressure on the administration of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her official backers in Beijing.

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Chants of no China extradition, no evil law echoed through the highrise city streets, while other marchers called for Hong Lam and other senior officials to step down.

One protester held a sign reading Carry off Carrie, while another declared Extradite yourself, Carrie.” Another sign said lets make Hong Kong great again, with a photo depicting US President Donald Trump firing Lam.

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