Thousands Of Protesters Return To Hong Kong Streets

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Thousands Of Protesters Return To Hong Kong Streets
Hong Kong saw another day of demonstrations after its leader Carrie Lam resisted demands to withdraw a controversial bill and resign.
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Protesters were back in Hong Kong's streets Friday. Thousands gathered outside the territory's legislative counsel, blocked major streets and surrounded the police headquarters. 

The demonstrators inched toward their goal last weekend when Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam put a controversial extradition bill on hold. The now suspended legislation would allow China to extradite suspects from Hong Kong. It would not guarantee a fair trial. 

But, Lam's resisted demands to fully withdraw the legislation and step down. That's what sparked Friday's new demonstrations.

The rallies have been mostly peaceful, but one day last week protesters clashed with police — storming barricades and reportedly hurling traffic cones, umbrellas and even bricks at officers. Officers used tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds and batons to suppress the protesters. Demonstrators are demanding police investigate officers who handled that demonstration and unconditionally release 24 protesters who are still in custody. 

This story contains exclusive footage obtained by Newsy from Megumi Lim.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.