Hong Kong — Riot police were deployed across Hong Kong on Thursday after mass protests a day earlier, as legislators debated a bill that would criminalise disrespect of China’s national anthem and Washington piled on pressure to preserve the city’s freedoms.

Heated debate over the bill — the latest spark of antigovernment unrest in the semi-autonomous city — saw legislators removed in chaotic scenes from the legislative council, which was then adjourned...

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