Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16. Hong Kong had braced for another mass rally, as public anger rose following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over the proposal, even though the city's embattled leader suspended the bill.
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In pictures: Extradition bill sparks Hong Kong protests

Updated 0923 GMT (1723 HKT) June 16, 2019

Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16. Hong Kong had braced for another mass rally, as public anger rose following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over the proposal, even though the city's embattled leader suspended the bill.
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Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Hong Kong's Victoria Park just after midday Sunday as campaigners look to keep the pressure on the government, despite a move by the city's embattled leader to suspend a controversial extradition bill.

Many carried bunches of white flowers to honor a man who died after falling from a building on Saturday while holding banners opposing the extradition bill.

The bill, which would have enabled China to extradite fugitives from the city, has been met with widespread opposition, including from Hong Kong's traditionally conservative business community.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Kam said the bill was needed to plug loopholes and prevent the city from becoming a haven for mainland fugitives.

Although Hong Kong is part of China, it has separate laws. And unlike mainland China, it has no capital punishment.

There was also a massive protest on the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, June 9. Organizers said more than 1 million people took part in those demonstrations. Hong Kong Police estimated the number of protesters at 240,000.