An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street to protest a controversial extradition bill on Sunday, June 16.
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In pictures: Extradition bill sparks Hong Kong protests

Updated 1:23 PM ET, Mon June 17, 2019

An overhead view shows thousands of protesters marching through a Hong Kong street to protest a controversial extradition bill on Sunday, June 16.
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Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, despite a move by the city's embattled leader to suspend a controversial extradition bill.

Organizers of the march said around 2 million people took part. Police said it was 338,000.

The bill, which would have enabled China to extradite fugitives from the city, has been met with widespread opposition, including from Hong Kong's traditionally conservative business community.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Kam said the bill was needed to plug loopholes and prevent the city from becoming a haven for mainland fugitives. On Saturday, Lam said passage of the bill would be suspended. She also issued a rare apology Sunday night, admitting "deficiencies" in the government's work had led to "substantial controversies and disputes in society."

There were also protests in Hong Kong on Wednesday and last Sunday. On Wednesday, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters after protesters surrounded the city's government headquarters.