Hong Kong: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday offered her "most sincere" apology over the handling of the now-suspended extradition bill, after thousands of people voiced their dissatisfaction over her and her administration's handling of the controversial legislation. Lam's apology during a press conference came after tens of thousands of opponents sent her an ultimatum on Tuesday morning to meet their demands or face escalated protests, reports the South China Morning Post.
The statement, circulated on the encrypted messaging platform where 75,000 public members shared information about the anti-bill protests, listed four demands, including the complete withdrawal of the legislation that would allow those accused of certain crimes to be extradited to China. "I understand how people feel... This incident lets me know I have to do better," she said. "I have heard you loud and clear and have reflected deeply on what has transpired... I personally have to shoulder most of the responsibility... I offer my most sincere apology to all the people of Hong Kong."