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Mass protests continued in Hong Kong on Tuesday night and into Wednesday as the Legislative Council of the semi-autonomous territory mulls a controversial bill, which would allow for the extradition of criminals to mainland China.
The bill was brought about after a 19-year-old Hong Kong resident allegedly murdered his pregnant girlfriend while on vacation in Taiwan but fled back home and could not be extradited to face trial.
Critics say the bill would subject Hong Kong residents to unfair trials in China and would encourage China’s encroachment on the semi-autonomous region.
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Mass protests continued in Hong Kong on Tuesday night and into Wednesday afternoon as the government of the territory considers a controversial bill, which would allow for the extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China.

The bill was set to be debated by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday, though the council’s president Andrew Leung said the meeting would be delayed to a later time, as protesters blocked key roads leading to the building, Bloomberg said.

The bill would allow Hong Kong residents to be extradited to mainland China for trial, and it came about after a 19-year-old Hong Kong resident allegedly murdered his pregnant girlfriend while on holiday in Taiwan last year, the BBC said. The man fled back to Hong Kong but could not be tried in Taiwan as an extradition treaty between the territories does not currently exist.

Critics say the bill would subject Hong Kong residents to unfair trials in China and would encourage China’s encroachment on the semi-autonomous region, which was allowed to keep its independent legal system after being handed back by the British in 1997.

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