The Hong Kong Extradition Protests in Pictures

HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong, fearful that their civil liberties are under threat, are gathering in numbers not seen for years in this semiautonomous Chinese territory.

They are protesting a proposed law that would allow criminal suspects to be sent to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition agreement, including mainland China, where the legal system is controlled by the ruling Communist Party. Critics of the law worry that it could be used to detain or intimidate activists, journalists and others who run afoul of Beijing.

[Why are people protesting in Hong Kong? Catch up here.]

A protest on Sunday drew more than a million people, organizers said, in a city of about seven million. The Hong Kong government, which is dominated by pro-Beijing lawmakers, said on Monday that the bill would not be withdrawn. In response, opponents of the law gathered outside the Hong Kong legislature starting Tuesday night, forcing lawmakers to delay debate on the bill that was scheduled for Wednesday.

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The protests in Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, have been compared to a pro-democracy sit-in in 2014 that shut down major roadways for almost three months but failed to win any government concessions. On Wednesday, the protesters were blocking some of the same roads.

Here are photographs from the protests this week.

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Demonstrators clashing with riot police officers.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Demonstrators occupied a road that is normally a busy thoroughfare.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Metal barricades were repurposed as ladders to help others join the demonstration.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
While the protesters may not ultimately prevent the law from being enacted, their actions on Wednesday delayed the process.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Riot police officers near the Legislative Council building.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Many of the demonstrators were young people wearing black T-shirts and surgical masks.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
A protester standing amid a sea of umbrellas as it rained.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Cars blocking a road near the Legislative Council building.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Riot police officers outside the Legislative Council.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
The extradition measure is likely to pass in the Hong Kong legislature, which is dominated by pro-Beijing lawmakers.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Riot police officers patrolling during demonstrations outside the Legislative Council building.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
There are worries that the proposed extradition law could be used to target political dissidents.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Police officers stopped and searched young people ahead of planned protests.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Assurances that the law is aimed only at criminals have done little to calm protesters.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong, a city of about seven million, protested the extradition law on Sunday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
The crowds were so large that many protesters said they had been stuck in subway stations waiting to join.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Some protesters pushed metal barriers at the police, who responded with pepper spray.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Organizers said more than a million people joined the protest, though the police said the figure was 240,000 at its peak.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
People resting after the march.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Many protesters wore white as a symbol of justice and also mourning in Chinese culture.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Hong Kong, a former British colony, was returned to Chinese control in 1997.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
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