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Yesterday afternoon (June 12), as some protesters in Hong Kong appeared to be dispersing for a lunch break before regrouping later in the afternoon, I noticed something odd at the Admiralty subway station: instead of swiping through the turnstiles with their pre-paid, rechargeable cards, there were scores of people lining up at cash-only ticketing machines. Protesters had gathered overnight outside the local government offices to protest a controversial proposed extradition bill , which would make it possible to extradite people from Hong Kong to mainland China to face charges. By the morning, the crowd had swelled to tens of thousands as protesters occupied large swathes of a major highway as riot police looked on. Full story

18 June