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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protests spread, possibly affecting next election

Rallies move beyond extradition law, posing challenge for pro-Beijing politicians

HONG KONG -- After weeks of mass demonstrations against a controversial extradition bill, protesters in Hong Kong have widened their agenda beyond the scrapping of the legislation, with rallies spreading out to more areas and taking on a greater number of public grievances.

After Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam last month suspended the legislation, which would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face trial, protesters have continued to stage rallies -- sometimes more than one a week -- demanding, among other things, a formal retraction of the bill and an independent probe into use of police force against protesters.

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