massive hong kong protest turnout keeps heat on chinese government
Hong Kong\'s chief executive apologized to the public on Sunday, as a large crowd of unwatched people poured into the streets and gathered in government offices. The protests ended a week of intense protests. The question of whether the city can maintain a certain degree of autonomy from mainland China. Many of those who oppose the unpopular bill have focused their anger on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Despite strong public protests, he insisted on advancing the legislation and triggered a series of massive protests. Lin withdrew on Saturday and suspended the bill indefinitely, but refused to apologize. It is not enough for many protesters who marched on the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday and surrounded the Legislative Council. Organizers say nearly 2 million people attended the rally, while police estimate that at the height of the demonstration, 338,000 protesters appeared along the previous agreement -- On the parade route, it means that its number does not include people who spill on the road to adjacent Peace roads. Six hours after the protests began, the government said in a statement that Lin acknowledged the lack of government work had disappointed and saddened the public. \"The chief executive apologized to the Hong Kong public for this and promised that she would accept criticism in the most sincere and humble manner in an effort to improve and serve the public, the statement said. The statement was more moderate than Lin\'s earlier remarks at Saturday\'s press conference, but it was unclear whether the apology in the written statement was valid enough to appease the protesters. When Lin\'s statement came through the protesters, many said they were disappointed and said that her words were insincere, noting that Lin did not say that she would withdraw the bill completely as the demonstrators requested. \"She doesn\'t have the courage to face the public,\" said 22-year-old Bobo Tang. year-old student. \"She just wanted to separate herself from the problem. Leo Cheng, 19, said Lam\'s remarks did not appear to be true. \"She just did it under pressure,\" he said . \" Liu Huiqing, the former chairman of the Democratic party and still the leader of the democratic movement in the region, said she did not know that Lin had apologized for anything before. \"This is the first time, but it\'s too late,\" she said . \". Lin\'s apology came after the third major protest in a week that rocked the city. Protesters packed the hot summer streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, sending a clear message to Jeremy Lin and the Chinese central government: we are still angry. As night fell, thousands of young protesters gathered on the streets around government offices and legislative council buildings. Many protesters occupied roads near the legislature and even the grounds of Parliament, a scene reminiscent of 2014 supporters Protests by the Democratic umbrella movement have paralyzed the city in recent weeks. \"Lin Zheng Yue, come down! Protesters shouted. The crowd remained calm, but the mood was clearly tense. Earlier in the day, a large group of people in black uniforms extended more than a mile from the city center. In some places, the streets are crowded and people are forced to move forward rather than forward. The subway was crowded and several stations on one line were closed. \"I want to give feedback that the people of Hong Kong do not trust the Chinese government,\" said 23-year-old Kenneth Wong . \" A window display designer holding a sign requesting the withdrawal of the Extradition Act. \"Hong Kong people, we stand together,\" he said . \" \"We all have the same information. We don\'t want this bill. We want Lin to step down. Demonstrators chanted new demands on Sunday, stressing that anger over the extradition bill turned to a government response: \"withdraw the bill! \"We are not rioters! \"Release the arrested students! Among other things, the demonstrators condemned the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray to disperse the protesters on Wednesday. They also asked for the release of the arrested demonstrators and called on the government to stop calling the protests \"riots\", which could have a serious legal impact on the detainees. On Sunday, a lot of people took photos of the bloody demonstrators, or photos of the police using pepper spray, and the sign that \"stop killing us\" was written. Anthony Tan, 40year- The old engineer was six years old with his wife and two daughters. year-old and a nine-year- He was angered by police using force against protesters on Wednesday. \"Even if the police call it a riot, they use force against a group of basically peaceful protesters on the grounds of minority behavior. Tam said he added that he was promoted to be a non-political speaker, his first protest. \"I am a Hong Kong born and raised and have become a place I no longer know. Pan Zhou, 30year- An old employee said many people in Hong Kong were shocked when riot police used tear gas against protesters in 2014. \"But the police are very prepared to use more drastic methods to clear the protests this time,\" he said . \". \"I cannot accept that this has become a standard and expected response. \"In the past week, the police have arrested 11 people in connection with the protests, but have not said whether they will investigate the use of force by the police. They came here with white lilies, candles, whiskey and beer. They cried and prayed on their knees. They vowed to keep fighting. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents paid tribute to one of the least known men under 35 on Sunday. year- Late Saturday, an old protester fell to death outside an upscale shopping mall after he issued a banner condemning the Extradition Act. Police say his death was suicide. The man is a mystery to many, he is an ordinary protester, and the police only identify him by his surname Liang. But what the protesters know is that he is wearing a yellow raincoat. The raincoat and the harsh criticism of the government engraved on the back became the theme of Sunday\'s demonstration. On Saturday, Leung spent hours on the roof of a shopping mall near the Hong Kong government building. Not long after 9. m. Authorities say he climbed the scaffolding on the side of the building. But when firefighters tried to rescue him, according to police, he fell next to an inflatable air cushion set up to catch him. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Many protesters hold flowers to mourn the beams of what they call \"soldiers\", \"Heroes\" and \"martyrs. They chanted his slogan, calling the police \"cold-blooded\" and saying Lin was \"killing\" the city. Some people wear yellow raincoats in honor of him. In the evening, protesters held candles and waved a flashlight to watch the man. Artist Perry Chan stood on the easel and drew an image of the crowd. In a corner of the painting, it is now widely circulated -- The common image of the person wearing a yellow raincoat. Liu Huiqing, a banker from mainland China, took her with heryear- She said the old son went to the memorial because she wanted to show him the stakes in the fight for the Extradition Act. Liu said: \"If we don\'t insist on saying it today, then we won\'t have a chance to go to the streets tomorrow and say it again.