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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong pushes back extradition debate again after protests

Police chief says force won't seek help from People's Liberation Army

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans on a footbridge leading to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Thursday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Legislative Council will further push back the debate on a controversial law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China, according to a parliament circular issued on Thursday.

The debate that was originally scheduled on Wednesday, will not take place until at least next week, the council, or LegCo, said. The delay comes after thousands of protesters blocked the main streets outside the government compound in the city's Admiralty district. This prompted police to fire rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds, some of whom had hurled bricks at officers.

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