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Thousands continue protests in Admiralty

2019-06-17 HKT 18:08
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Protesters continued to demonstrate near the government headquarters and the Legislative Council on Monday as thousands donning black clothes returned to the main protest sites.

This comes a day after a record-breaking rally that saw almost two million take to the streets and Chief Executive Carrie Lam issued an apology over her handling of the issue.

But Lam's statement seems to have failed to pacify the protesters demanding that she quit the post and the government withdraw the controversial bill.

The protesters, who were initially located in the Legco area and Tamar Park after moving from Harcourt Road in the morning, decided to march to the Chief Executive's Office, demanding that Lam meet them personally.

But as the crowd began to increase, protesters also spilled over to the neighbouring Tamar Park as well as Lung Wo Road, forcing its closure. Transport officials said Tim Wa Avenue and the Central-Wan Chai Bypass exit on Lung Wo Road were also closed.

The police again kept a low profile and made no attempt to rein in the protesters. Heavy rain also did not deter them.

The demonstrators chanted slogans demanding the resignation of Lam, security minister John Lee and police chief Stephen Lo.

Earlier, lawmakers including Chu Hoi-dick and Au Nok-hin, along with several key members of the Civil Human Rights Front, discussed with the protest groups about their next move.