A pro-democracy march in Hong Kong was met with tear gas and police force. Here's how it happened.
- A protest in Hong Kong on Sunday evening ended in violence after police deployed tear gas and rubber bullets against a group of pro-democracy activists demonstrating against extradition.
- Under the proposed plan, China can extradite Hong Kong residents to the mainland for criminal trials, effectively dismantling the region's partial autonomy agreement that includes an independent judicial system.
- An estimated 430,000 people participated in Sunday's protest, following a group of two million that convened against extradition in June.
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Protests in Hong Kong intensified on Sunday, on what marked the seventh consecutive weekend of pro-democracy demonstrations against the Chinese government, spurred by proposed legislation that would drastically change extradition policy.
What started as a peaceful protest devolved into violence on Sunday evening after a group of demonstrators began vandalizing and defacing the Chinese government's liaison office in Hong Kong. The act prompted police to respond with rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets against the estimated 430,000 people marching in protest.Though police had attempted to reroute the march to avoid the office, it didn't stop the group from surrounding the building which has become the "biggest symbol of Beijing's rising influence on the semiautonomous territory," according to The Washington Post. Once there, protesters spray-painted messages bashing Chinese President Xi Jinping and threw eggs at the building.
At the same time, in another part of the city, a pro-Beijing group attacked protestors and journalists as they exited the subway, hitting them with bats and sticks. Several required medical attention.
While the catalyst of Sunday's riots largely centers around the extradition proposal, which would give China the power to extradite residents of Hong Kong for criminal trials, it's part of a decades-long border dispute between the two regions.
Here's a look at what exactly is happening in Hong Kong and the circumstances that led to the violent outbursts.