China stands by Hong Kong leader after days of street protests

Hong Kong. Large numbers of protesters rallied on Sunday despite an announcement yesterday by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam that the contro

China redoubled its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday after days of protests against a planned extradition bill, and a source close to Lam said Beijing was unlikely to let her go even if she tried to resign.

It said Chief Executive Carrie Lam "apologized to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most honest and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public".

His release comes as a political crisis in the Chinese-ruled city enters its second week, amid growing uncertainty over the fate of Lam and a controversial extradition bill she postponed at the weekend.

Wong acknowledged he still had to fully grasp the scale of the crisis at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping is grappling with a deepening us trade war, an ebbing economy and regional strategic tension.

Many residents are increasingly unnerved by Beijing's tightening grip and what they see as the erosion of those freedoms.

"The chief executive apologized to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most honest and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public", it said.

Joshua Wong's release from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility came as student demonstrators and police continued to face off in downtown Hong Kong following a massive protest on Sunday. This alone should suggest that the Hong Kong government is - at the highest levels - wholly beholden to Beijing. The Civil Human Rights Front, which is organising the rallies, has called on Lam to resign, shelve the bill permanently and apologise for police using tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday.

Organisers said some two million people marched in tropical heat on Sunday calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam, rebuking a now abandoned bill that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland.

A member of Hong Kong's Executive Council has said the city's leader plans to apologize again over her handling of a highly unpopular extradition bill.

Edwin Chow, acting president of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students, told ucanews.com that Lam had supported the use of excessive force by police in a June 12 rally, but he hoped that religious elements could moderate the emotions of protesters and police.

"It's not that different to the United States extraditing the Huawei executive from China", Oliver said.

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"We can not accept her apology, it doesn't remove all our threats", said social worker Brian Chau, one of several hundred protesters who stayed overnight in the Admiralty district around the government headquarters and legislature.

The English-language China Daily reported Monday that Hong Kong parents took to the streets on Sunday in order to urge USA politicians against interference in the city's extradition amendments - raising the eyebrows of China watchers after posting the story to its official Twitter account.

Authorities will likely adopt the same tactic used following the pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" that shook the city in 2014 by arresting protest leaders, analysts said.

"I believe this is the time for her, Carrie Lam the liar, to step down".

The protests are the largest since 2014, when Beijing angered democracy advocates by requiring any candidate for Hong Kong's top job to be approved by a committee that's loyal to China's central government.

"After the end of the Umbrella Movement we claimed we would be back".

Meanwhile, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said the resolution clarified the position of the legislature on the extradition bill controversy.

The benchmark index climbed 0.8%, having risen more than 1% in early trade, outperforming gains in Asia ex-Japan and onshore China.

The official said the proposed law was effectively dead in the water.

"Her government can not be an effective government, and will have much, much, much difficulties to carry on", veteran Democratic Party legislator James To told government-funded broadcaster RTHK.

But, the lines of those "two systems" seemed to blur a little when Hong Kong's chief executive, Carrie Lam, proposed a bill that would mean Hong Kong citizens who committed crimes in China would be extradited to the mainland to stand trial, where processes are arbitrary.

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