Photos | Timeline: A growing unease over Hong Kong’s future

A series of steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have prompted a growing uneasiness among Hong Kong residents about their future and autonomy, a concern that burst out in a protest by hundreds of thousands of people. The former British colony was returned to China in 1997 under the framework, which guarantees it the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years. A look at the recent events in pictures.

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September 28, 2014: Riot police launched tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surrounded the government headquarters in Hong Kong. A series of steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have prompted a growing uneasiness among Hong Kong residents about their future. Protesters seeking direct elections for Hong Kong’s leader laid siege to government headquarters for 79 days but fail to win any concessions. (Wally Santana / AP File)

September 28, 2014: Riot police launched tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surrounded the government headquarters in Hong Kong. A series of steps by the Chinese and Hong Kong governments in recent years have prompted a growing uneasiness among Hong Kong residents about their future. Protesters seeking direct elections for Hong Kong’s leader laid siege to government headquarters for 79 days but fail to win any concessions. (Wally Santana / AP File)

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October 2015: Four people connected with a Hong Kong publisher and bookshop that published books banned in China went missing. A fifth person disappeared in December. Chinese authorities later said they were detained for investigations into criminal activity. The case raised questions about freedom of expression in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung / AP)

October 2015: Four people connected with a Hong Kong publisher and bookshop that published books banned in China went missing. A fifth person disappeared in December. Chinese authorities later said they were detained for investigations into criminal activity. The case raised questions about freedom of expression in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung / AP)

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July 2017: Carrie Lam became Hong Kong’s chief executive. Hong Kong voters could not directly elect their chief executive. Lam was sworn in by General Secretary of the Communist Party and President Xi Jinping and was widely seen as the Communist Party’s favoured candidate. (Vincent Yu / AP File)

July 2017: Carrie Lam became Hong Kong’s chief executive. Hong Kong voters could not directly elect their chief executive. Lam was sworn in by General Secretary of the Communist Party and President Xi Jinping and was widely seen as the Communist Party’s favoured candidate. (Vincent Yu / AP File)

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Freed Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee during a protest march to the Chinese central government’s liaison office. Gui Minhai, one of the booksellers who disappeared in 2015, was arrested on a train in China while travelling with two Swedish diplomats. Gui, a Swedish citizen, had been released in October 2017. (Kin Cheung / AP File)

Freed Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee during a protest march to the Chinese central government’s liaison office. Gui Minhai, one of the booksellers who disappeared in 2015, was arrested on a train in China while travelling with two Swedish diplomats. Gui, a Swedish citizen, had been released in October 2017. (Kin Cheung / AP File)

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September 2018: A high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China commenced. Protesters dressed as People’s Liberation Army (PLA) protested outside the Western Kowloon Station in Hong Kong against the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Express Rail Link as Chinese law was applied in the immigration area. (Vincent Yu / AP File)

September 2018: A high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China commenced. Protesters dressed as People’s Liberation Army (PLA) protested outside the Western Kowloon Station in Hong Kong against the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Express Rail Link as Chinese law was applied in the immigration area. (Vincent Yu / AP File)

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October 2018: China opened a 55-km long bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland. Chinese president Xi Jinping presided over the ceremony. Then on February 2019, China announced plans to create a Greater Bay Area encompassing Hong Kong, Macau and Guandong province in the mainland to foster economic development. The move was seen as an effort to deepen ties with the mainland. (Jason Lee / AP )

October 2018: China opened a 55-km long bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland. Chinese president Xi Jinping presided over the ceremony. Then on February 2019, China announced plans to create a Greater Bay Area encompassing Hong Kong, Macau and Guandong province in the mainland to foster economic development. The move was seen as an effort to deepen ties with the mainland. (Jason Lee / AP )

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April 2019: Lam’s government introduced amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws that allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to China. Opponents said the changes would damage the territory’s legal independence and suspects would not be guaranteed fair trials. (AP)

April 2019: Lam’s government introduced amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws that allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to China. Opponents said the changes would damage the territory’s legal independence and suspects would not be guaranteed fair trials. (AP)

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April 2019: A Hong Kong court convicted nine leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations known as the “Umbrella Movement.” Hong Kong judges were reportedly under pressure from China to hand down heavy sentences to deter future protests. Occupy Central leaders hold a banner before entering a court in Hong Kong on April 24, 2019. The banner partially seen reads: “The flow of the river is never changed.” (Kin Cheung / AP)

April 2019: A Hong Kong court convicted nine leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations known as the “Umbrella Movement.” Hong Kong judges were reportedly under pressure from China to hand down heavy sentences to deter future protests. Occupy Central leaders hold a banner before entering a court in Hong Kong on April 24, 2019. The banner partially seen reads: “The flow of the river is never changed.” (Kin Cheung / AP)

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June 2019: A sea of people march through central Hong Kong to protest the proposed changes to the extradition laws. (Kin Cheung / AP)

June 2019: A sea of people march through central Hong Kong to protest the proposed changes to the extradition laws. (Kin Cheung / AP)

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Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as protesters march along a downtown street. (Kin Cheung / AP)

Protesters hold pictures of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as protesters march along a downtown street. (Kin Cheung / AP)

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Hundreds of protestors camped on the roads Sunday until they agreed to move to the plaza outside the government building and a spacious nearby park. After Lam announced she was suspending the legislation to avoid more violence and allow additional debate, Chinese officials issued multiple statements backing the decision. Lam, however, made clear she was not withdrawing it. (Vincent Yu / AP)

Hundreds of protestors camped on the roads Sunday until they agreed to move to the plaza outside the government building and a spacious nearby park. After Lam announced she was suspending the legislation to avoid more violence and allow additional debate, Chinese officials issued multiple statements backing the decision. Lam, however, made clear she was not withdrawing it. (Vincent Yu / AP)

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