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Hong Kong leader says sorry again after protests

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Published on June 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:38s

Hong Kong leader says sorry again after protests

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issues another apology for introducing an extradition bill that has seen more than a million people take to the streets in protest.

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Hong Kong leader says sorry again after protests

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized again on Tuesday (June 18) and said she had heard the people "loud and clear" after some of the most violent protests in the Chinese-ruled city against an extradition bill that she promoted and then postponed.

The bill would allow case-by-case extraditions to mainland China and about two million people spilled on to the streets on Sunday, despite its postponement, demanding Lam scrap the bill entirely and step down.

Lam's climbdown, with the approval of China's Communist Party leaders, was the biggest policy reversal since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and presented a new challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping who has ruled with an iron fist since taking power in 2012.

Beijing-backed Lam reiterated there was no timetable to resume the extradition bill and it would not be resumed if the government could not resolve divisions.

Many accuse China, where the courts are strictly controlled by the Communist Party, of extensive meddling since the handover, with the extradition proposals a further example.

Lam hasn't appeared publicly since the Sunday protests that were the largest in the city for decades.

Lam issued an apology on Sunday night through a written government statement that many people said lacked sincerity .

It failed to pacify many marchers who said they no longer trusted her and doubted her ability to govern.

Many protest organizers say they will continue to hold street demonstrations until Lam scraps the bill, fearing that authorities may seek to revive the legislation in future when the public mood is calmer.

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