Huge peaceful protests descended into violent clashes in Hong Kong on Wednesday after police fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators hours after the government postponed a debate on a controversial extradition bill.
The proposed law would allow Hong Kong to extradite suspected criminals to mainland China.
Supporters say it's necessary to stop Hong Kong becoming a haven for fugitives, but critics argue it is the latest example of China seeking to erode Hong Kong's freedoms.
Hong Kong is a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The city of 7 million people, has since been governed as a semiautonomous region under the principle of "one country, two systems."
In theory, this should allow Hong Kong to retain the economic and administrative system that has allowed it to thrive as one of the world's leading business centers, and free from Beijing's interference until 2047.
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