HONG KONG – Backpedaling under mounting public pressure, Hong Kong's top leader publicly apologized on Tuesday for proposing contentious legislation that would allow extradition to mainland China.
"I would like to add my sincere apologies to the citizens of Hong Kong, "Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a news conference at government headquarters. "I could have done better, I should have done a better job."
Mrs. Lam, who had already announced the bill's indefinite suspension, said on Tuesday that there were public disputes over its contents, it would not be resumed.
About 100 people gathered outside the offices of the central government and listened to Mrs. Lam's words boom from a loudspeaker. Many booed as she spoke.
Samuel Chan, an electronics trader, said he did not believe Mrs. Lam was listening to the demands of protesters,
"They are just responding Mr. Chan, 56. "Not the people's wants."
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That's not enough to satisfy Mrs. Lam's many critics.
Its first priority, however, is that the government drops all charges against
The police have arrested 32 people since Wednesday, when the Hong Kong legislature turned violent.
The Hong Kong police commissioner, Lo Wai-chung, said on Monday evening that the government would pursue its activities involved in the violence.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Lam did not elaborate on Mr. Lo's remarks except for those who protested peacefully would not face legal action.
Some Mrs. Lam, a lifelong civil servant, because of her political appearance, Paul Chan, has a reputation for being even more strongly pro-Beijing.
Others are adamant that Mrs Lam step down. They contend that the Hong Kong public should express themselves in favor of the current system, in which a pro-Beijing committee of 1,200 people selects the chief executive.
Protesters made equal demands for five years ago, when they are major roadways for almost three months in what is known as the Umbrella Movement. While this movement did not achieve its short-term objectives, it has a major influence on this year's anti-extradition protests.
Emily Lau, a former Chairwoman of the Democratic Party, is silent on influential voice on democracy issues, said the Ms. Lau said. "It would be a disaster to call Mr. Lam's resignation."
Ms. Lau said. Paul Chan, maybe Carrie should stay. '"
Many critics have called for the extradition. Otherwise, experts say, it could not be rebuilt at any time, even though it does not plan to do so.
Hong Kong's legislature is controlled by pro-Beijing lawmakers, who hold 43 of 70 seats. When she announced the extradition bill's suspension on Saturday, Mrs. Lam said she had wanted to force it through.
Anthony Cheung, a former transportation and housing secretary, said the government
"Definitely there is no consensus within the community, including the legal community, on the contents of the bill," he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning.
The bill would make it easier for Hong Kong to send people suspected of crimes to jurisdictions. That would include mainland China, where the judicial system is notoriously opaque and under the tight control of the ruling Communist Party.
Opponents fear that if the bill becomes lawless, anyone in the city would be at risk of being sent to the mainland including dissidents. Under the terms of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule in 1997, the former British colony has its own legal and economic systems, as well as civil liberties unknown on the mainland. But in recent years, those freedoms have eroded.
Mrs. Lam has said that he has the case to settle the case of a murderer in Taiwan, which does not treat treat with Hong Kong. But Taiwan, which considers its territory, has said it would not seek the man's extradition under the legislation, which it might and undermine its sovereignty.