Huge extradition law protest fills Hong Kong streets

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Protesters hold placards march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The amendments have b...
A man raises placards as ten of thousands of protesters march along a downtown street to against the proposed amendments to an extradition law in Hong...
Ten of thousands of protesters march along a downtown street to against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. ...
A man uses a smartphone to take photo of protesters take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law on a street in Hong Kong, ...
Protesters hold placards march on a street as they take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June ...
Protesters march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The amendments have been widely cri...
A policeman, left,  stands watch as protesters holding umbrellas and placards take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to the extradition ...
Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...
Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...
Protesters hold umbrellas and placards march on a street as they take part in a rally against the extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. T...
Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...

Protesters hold placards march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The amendments have b...

A man raises placards as ten of thousands of protesters march along a downtown street to against the proposed amendments to an extradition law in Hong...

Ten of thousands of protesters march along a downtown street to against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. ...

A man uses a smartphone to take photo of protesters take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law on a street in Hong Kong, ...

Protesters hold placards march on a street as they take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June ...

Protesters march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The amendments have been widely cri...

A policeman, left, stands watch as protesters holding umbrellas and placards take part in a rally against the proposed amendments to the extradition ...

Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...

Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...

Protesters hold umbrellas and placards march on a street as they take part in a rally against the extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. T...

Protesters hold placards as they stage protest against the extradition law in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The extradition law has aroused concern...

HONG KONG (AP) — A sea of protesters is marching through central Hong Kong in a major demonstration against government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges.

The massive protest Sunday is taking place three days before Hong Kong's government plans to bring the bill to the full legislature in a bid to win approval by the end of the month.

The legislation has come under widespread criticism from human rights and business groups. Opponents say that China's legal system would not guarantee the same rights to defendants as in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

The former British colony was returned to China in 1997 but retained the right to its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years under a "one country, two systems" framework.