Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong joined the resignation of the city's pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam, saying he would soon join massive protests that have taken over the city for the past weeks. "She spent most of the time thanking pro-China legislators and the Chinese government for their support of the extradition bill, and she didn't even bother to mention the demands made by millions of Hong Kong people".
Man-kei Tam is the director of Amnesty International in Hong Kong.
"The broader issue is that if Hong Kong is being subsumed into China, then companies might conclude that [to the extent that they're in Hong Kong for its freedoms] they might be better off elsewhere".
Police, who historically give far lower estimates for political protests, said 338,000 people turned out at the demonstration's "peak" on Sunday.
"She's appointed by the central government, so for her to step down requires a very high level of considered discussion and deliberation at the mainland level", a Chinese official told Reuters media.
One of the activists arrested after those demonstrations, Joshua Wong, was released from prison on Monday after serving half of a two-month sentence on a contempt charge.
Speaking to reporters following his release, Wong urged the people of Hong Kong to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland China. "The riots in Hong Kong will only consolidate Beijing's tough stance against Washington", it said.
"The anti-extradition bill protest is like the last moan before death", he said.
"Carrie Lam's speech during Saturday's press conference was one good example", Chu said.
Protesters in Hong Kong left the streets on Monday, averting possible clashes after haggling for hours with police by moving to areas near the government headquarters. They want the bill to be dropped entirely and for leader Carrie Lam to resign.
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The demonstrators who stayed after a massive protest march the day before were seen streaming Monday morning into a space outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council after police who had cleared it reopened the area.
In response to the Hong Kong government's decision to suspend the extradition amendment bill, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on his Twitter feed: "Well done HK Government for heeding concerns of the fearless citizens who have stood up for their human rights".
In an interview with HK01 on Monday, Lam's top advisor Bernard Chan said no chief executive would dare reintroduce the bill now.
In another editorial, the state-run tabloid Global Times tabloid warned the United States against using Hong Kong as a "bargaining chip" to force compromises in trade talks. There are demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive scrap a proposed extradition bill that she has suspended under intense pressure from residents anxious it would undermine legal protections in the former British colony.
A week earlier as many as 1 million people demonstrated to voice their concern over Hong Kong's relations with mainland China in one of the toughest tests of the territory's special status since Beijing took control in a 1997 handover.
Although Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, many residents still value the city's unique history, civil liberties, and strong rule of law that has attracted so many foreign companies to make Hong Kong their Asia headquarters.
But the movement has since morphed into the latest expression of public rage against both the city's leaders and Beijing.
The US Consulate General also said it welcomed the decision the chief executive made to suspend the extradition amendment bill, news website HK01.com reported.
"The chief executive apologizes to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledges to adopt a most honest and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public", it said.