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Hong Kong protesters push ahead as territory's leader unseen

In this Thursday, June 27, 2019, file photo, riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered ...
Riot police stand guard at a entrance after they clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to deman...
Protesters hang a banner that reads: "Free the righteous" outside the police headquarters as they demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-hande...
Police officers investigate outside the police headquarters after protesters left a gathering to demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-handed...
Riot police walk over barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into...
Riot police stand guard outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-handed police crackdow...
Riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a h...
Riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a h...

In this Thursday, June 27, 2019, file photo, riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered ...

Riot police stand guard at a entrance after they clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to deman...

Protesters hang a banner that reads: "Free the righteous" outside the police headquarters as they demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-hande...

Police officers investigate outside the police headquarters after protesters left a gathering to demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-handed...

Riot police walk over barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into...

Riot police stand guard outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a heavy-handed police crackdow...

Riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a h...

Riot police clear barricades blocked by protesters outside the police headquarters as thousands gathered to demand for an independent inquiry into a h...

HONG KONG (AP) — A small group of protesters opposed to legislation they fear would reduce Hong Kong's judicial independence have rallied outside the Justice Department.

The action Thursday came as Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam remained out of the public eye for more than a week, prompting one legislator to suggest she request a long-term leave of absence.

Thousands of people joined a rally Wednesday night capping a daylong appeal to world leaders to discuss issues in Hong Kong at this week's G-20 summit bringing together the heads of China, the United States and others.

A few dozen protesters gathered at the Justice Department on Thursday, part of a series of actions targeting police headquarters and government offices intended to press a demand to have contentious extradition legislation canceled.


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:39 GMT+08:00