Protesters block the street near government headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images Police fended off demonstrators with rubber bullets, pepper spray, and tear gas in Hong Kong Wednesday, as the fourth consecutive day of protests over a proposed extradition law turned violent. The protesters, who were descending on the city's Legislative Council, succeeded Wednesday in delaying debate on a controversial bill that would allow suspects to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China. The bill was set to be discussed Wednesday, but protesters prevented lawmakers from accessing the building. Protesters face off with police in Hong Kong Wednesday. Photo: ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images Supporters of the bill say it's a necessary move to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives. But opponents fear the erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong and potential abuse of the law by China, as the Guardian explains : Many Hong Kongers fear the proposed extradition law will be used by authorities to target political enemies. They worry the new legislation spells the end of the "one country, two systems" policy, eroding the civil rights enjoyed by Hong Kong residents since the handover of sovereignty from the UK to China… Read full this story
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