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Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong to express their outrage against a bill that would allow residents to be tried in China

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  Hong Kong residents staged a massive protest on Sunday over a
  bill that would allow courts to extradite Hong Kong residents in
  mainland China.
  
  Hong Kong is a semiautonomous region of China. Critics of the
  bill argue Hong Kong residents would be subjected to unfair
  trials and worse legal protections in the mainland.
  
  
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  Hundreds of thousands of residents took to the streets of Hong
  Kong Sunday in a largely peaceful protest against a bill that
  would allow residents to be tried in mainland China.

  Organizers told 
  The Wall Street Journal 1 million people showed up, or one in
  every seven residents. Police say 240,000 people showed up.

  Critics of the extradition bill say residents would face China's
  less transparent legal system. Beijing had previously allowed
  Hong Kong to keep its own legal system after the British left the
  colonized region in 1997.

  Here's the history behind why Hong Kong residents staged a mass
  protest on Sunday.

  • Hong Kong residents staged a massive protest on Sunday over a bill that would allow courts to extradite Hong Kong residents in mainland China.
  • Hong Kong is a semiautonomous region of China. Critics of the bill argue Hong Kong residents would be subjected to unfair trials and worse legal protections in the mainland.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Hundreds of thousands of residents took to the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a largely peaceful protest against a bill that would allow residents to be tried in mainland China.

Organizers told The Wall Street Journal 1 million people showed up, or one in every seven residents. Police say 240,000 people showed up.

Critics of the extradition bill say residents would face China's less transparent legal system. Beijing had previously allowed Hong Kong to keep its own legal system after the British left the colonized region in 1997.

Here's the history behind why Hong Kong residents staged a mass protest on Sunday.

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