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Hong Kong police begin to clear streets of protesters

Protesters hold a banner during a march toward the Legislative Council as they continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, ...
Policemen stand guard on a road as protesters march toward the Legislative Council after they continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong...
A man walks alone on a empty road near the Legislative Council after protesters continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday,...
Protesters light candles as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019, in Hong Kong...
A police cone lay on its side as protesters continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in...
Protesters light candles as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong....
Protesters rest on the streets as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in Hong...

Protesters hold a banner during a march toward the Legislative Council as they continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, ...

Policemen stand guard on a road as protesters march toward the Legislative Council after they continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong...

A man walks alone on a empty road near the Legislative Council after protesters continue to protest against the extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday,...

Protesters light candles as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019, in Hong Kong...

A police cone lay on its side as protesters continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in...

Protesters light candles as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in Hong Kong....

Protesters rest on the streets as they continue a protest overnight near the Legislative Council into the early hours of Monday, June 17, 2019 in Hong...

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police and protesters are facing off Monday morning as authorities try to clear the streets of a few hundred people who stayed near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night.

The police asked for cooperation in clearing the road. Protesters responded with chants, some kneeling in front of the officers. The move came after activists rejected an apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony.

Nearly 2 million of the city's 7 million people turned out on Sunday, according to estimates by protest organizers. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the "peak period" of the march.