AP Photos: Hong Kong activists vow to keep up pressure

In this June 12, 2019, photo, demonstrators raise their hands near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, photo, demonstrators raise their hands near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this Wednesday, June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester reacts as she tackled by riot police during a massive demonstration outside the Legislative

In this Wednesday, June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester reacts as she tackled by riot police during a massive demonstration outside the Legislative

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, police fire tear gas towards protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, police fire tear gas towards protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, riot police fire tear gas toward protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, riot police fire tear gas toward protesters outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters react to a cloud of tear gas near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters react to a cloud of tear gas near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, thousands of protesters gather outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, thousands of protesters gather outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, thousands of protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, thousands of protesters gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester moves a barricade to build a makeshift blockade near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vi

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester moves a barricade to build a makeshift blockade near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vi

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, policemen line a perimeter as they watch protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves near the Legislative Council

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, policemen line a perimeter as they watch protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves near the Legislative Council

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protestors run near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protestors run near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters wear protection gears and use umbrellas to shield themselves as they gather near the Legislative Council

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, protesters wear protection gears and use umbrellas to shield themselves as they gather near the Legislative Council

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester waving the Union Jack joins other protesters using umbrellas to shield themselves outside the Legislati

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, a protester waving the Union Jack joins other protesters using umbrellas to shield themselves outside the Legislati

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, police line a perimeter as they watch the protesters near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Y

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, police line a perimeter as they watch the protesters near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Y

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, demonstrators react to a cloud of tear gas near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 12, 2019, file photo, demonstrators react to a cloud of tear gas near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

In this June 9, 2019, file photo protester shouts next to policemen as protesters march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law

In this June 9, 2019, file photo protester shouts next to policemen as protesters march in a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists who clashed with police in some of the territory's biggest violence are vowing to keep protesting an extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over Chinese control and eroding freedoms.

Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds on Wednesday. More than 70 people were injured.

Hong Kong's Legislative Council, where pro-Beijing lawmakers are in majority, was forced to delay the proceedings on a bill allowing suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

It is the biggest political crisis in years for the semiautonomous Chinese territory that was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997, and demonstrates the wide dissatisfaction and anger toward China's ruling Communist Party.

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