"The chief executive apologizes to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledges to adopt a most honest and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public", it said. I am afraid it will affect the communication between the churches on both sides.
The police, operating on a Chinese-like public relations strategy, claimed "only" around 330,000 joined the protests.
In accordance with the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights, anti-crime cooperation should not be codified in a bill that erodes human rights, the resolution said. But he was released after serving only one month of that sentence.
But Lam's efforts to ram through the proposed extradition bill galvanized opposition. A third protest is planned for Monday, and organizers intend to send a message straight to Carrie Lam.
The vast majority of Hong Kong residents fled persecution, political chaos, or starvation in the Chinese mainland.
"To support Hong Kong's democracy, rule-based system, freedom and democracy amid mass action that turned bloody, the government should provide necessary assistance to Hong Kong residents whose safety is at risk for political reasons, pursuant to Article 18 and related clauses of the Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs".
Demonstrators say pausing the bill is not enough.
Beijing pledged to protect Hong Kong's rights and freedoms for 50 years when it took over the former British colony in 1997.
"It's a massive repudiation of the idea that Hong Kong will be effectively, over time, fully absorbed into mainland China", said Bill Bishop, publisher of the Sinocism China Newsletter. "It's not going to happen", the official told Reuters.
Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will entangle people in China's notoriously opaque and politicised courts and damage the city's reputation as a safe business hub.
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The estimate for Sunday's massive rally has not been independently verified but if confirmed it would be the largest demonstration in Hong Kong's history.
Wong was released after protesters mounted a huge march for the second Sunday in a row, with people filling the streets from Victoria Park to Admiralty, where the government's offices are based.
Chinese authorities haven't shied away from protesting recent USA action in support of Hong Kong's autonomy.
Almost 80 people were injured in this week's unrest, including 22 police officers, with both sides showing a willingness to escalate their behaviour to levels unseen before in the usually stable business hub.
The Hong Kong government should properly respond to the opinions of its people, he said.
Activists were staging strikes and other smaller events Monday.
Protesters in Hong Kong have refused police requests to clear the streets.
Police announced the decision at an early morning news conference.
According to Lo, the police had "no choice but to start to use force", and up to 5,000 police in riot gear were in place to guard the building.
The terms "Hong Kong", "in extradition" and "protests" are among the most-searched terms on Freeweibo.com, a site monitoring posts that have been deleted from the site.
Vast crowds marched for hours in tropical heat on Sunday calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam, who has been forced to suspend a widely loathed bill that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland. A policewoman using a loudspeaker asked them to cooperate as officers lined up several rows deep and faced them.
But the number of people on the streets of Hong Kong Island on June 9 has been estimated at one million, or about one-seventh of the country's population. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the "peak period" of the march.