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Monday, Sep 21, 2020

Hong Kong Protests Continue at Causeway Bay

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were on Hong Kong's streets Sunday, including Causeway Bay, Hong Kong's famous shopping district.

The weekend demonstrations have continued for three months despite the Hong Kong government's promise to withdraw extradition legislation that sparked the protests. Dissenters have since broadened their demands for the direct election of their leaders and police accountability.

The protesters saw the bill that would have allowed some Hong Kong criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial as an example of the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

More than 1,300 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began in early June.

The increasingly violent demonstrations have further damaged Hong Kong's economy, which had already been weakened by the U.S.-China trade war.

Earlier Sunday, demonstrators gathered outside the British consulate where they sang "God Save the Queen."

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