Hundreds of mostly young people flooded at Harcourt Road in front of the legislature in town on Friday morning, where they had a meeting asking for City CEO Kari Lam to resign and officially withdraw the bill.
In short, they took the road, the main thoroughfare in the city center, before moving to nearby Wan Chai, where protest organizers, including Joshua Wong, who was released from prison this week, encouraged them to surround the police headquarters. Speaking to reporters, a police spokesman urged protesters to leave the area, but said a "cleansing operation" was not planned. "We respect the right of the public to express their views in a peaceful manner," she said, adding that a negotiating team would meet the protesters in an effort to get them to continue. Lam gave a rare public apology Tuesday, saying he "sincerely regrets" the controversy over the bill, which has held numerous large protests, including the organizers of a series of processions, attracted more than 1
million and 2 million participants. ,
"I heard you loud and clear and reflected deeply on everything that happened," she said. "Concerns over the past few months have been caused by the Hong Kong government's flaws."
CN She's Shelley and Caroline Kwok contributed to the reporting.