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Authorities shut down some government offices in Hong Kong's financial district after the worst violence the city has seen in decades.

On Thursday morning, the crowd was largely scattered around the government headquarters, where police and protesters clashed on Wednesday.

Protesters are angry against plans to allow extradition to mainland China.

Despite widespread opposition, the government has not backed down.

However, the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) deferred second reading of the controversial extradition bill.

It was originally scheduled to happen on Wednesday and we still do not know when it will happen, although some local media have announced that it could take place as early as Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray at crowds of tens of thousands of people along the main roads near the LegCo complex.

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Seventy-two people between the ages of 15 and 66 were injured in the violence, including two men in critical condition.

Only a handful of protesters remained in the central business district of the city on Thursday morning, although some roads and a downtown shopping mall remain closed, said local broadcaster RTHK.

The Hong Kong train operator, the MTR, said that the Admiralty post, in the heart of the protest area, would remain closed today following a request. of the police.

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A man remained picking up trash in the streets

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There is still a strong police presence around the city center

What we learned about Hong Kong's youth

By Martin Yip, BBC News Chinese, Hong Kong

The day after the most violent protests Hong Kong has seen in decades, the scene outside the complex of the Legislative Council is calm.

Debris is scattered on the roads – umbrellas, surgical masks – after a serious confrontation.

The police are still cordoning off areas in riot gear, but there is no reason to expect the protesters to return.

There is an elderly man who shouts against the police – he may seem like a lonely voice, but anger against the use of force by the police is widespread.

As it stands, there is no fixed date for reading the extradition bill, although we expect it to happen next week.

Many members of the public and the government will feel shocked.

They all learned something about Hong Kong's youth: the strength of their feeling about Hong Kong's political integrity should not be underestimated.

They also showed that they could organize very quickly and that they wanted to take more drastic measures than the generation that had led the Occupy protests five years ago.

What is the extradition plan?

Hong Kong government leader Carrie Lam has proposed amendments to extradition laws that would allow extradition requests from authorities in mainland China, Taiwan and Macao for suspects charged with genocide. 39, criminal acts such as murder and rape.

The requests would be decided on a case by case basis.

This decision comes after a 19-year-old man from Hong Kong allegedly murdered his pregnant girlfriend while she was on vacation in Taiwan last February.

The man fled to Hong Kong and could not be extradited to Taiwan because the two do not have an extradition treaty.

Hong Kong officials have said that the territory's courts would have the final say on the desirability of granting extradition requests and that suspects accused of political and religious crimes will not be extradited.

The government has also promised to release the accused only for offenses carrying a maximum penalty of at least seven years.

Hong Kong has extradition agreements with 20 countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, but no agreement with China has ever been reached.