PACKED ISLAND: Five hours after the start of the march, thousands were still gathering at Victoria Park to begin the walk to the Legislative Council
Agencies, Hong Kong
In a statement issued last night by her office, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月
娥) apologized to the public with “utmost sincerity and humility,” after the second massive protest in a week over a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Lam’s statement, reiterating that the government has stopped work on the bill, came as hundreds of thousands of people clogged the streets in central Hong Kong dressed in black to demand that she step down, a day after she suspended the bill.
The marchers demanded that Lam first scrap an extradition bill and then resign.
Organizers said the protest might be larger than last week’s demonstration, when they estimated more than 1 million people filed through the central part of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong police said that rally drew 240,000 people. [FULL STORY]